Wednesday, July 12, 2006

RIAA Terror in Brief: 3

In these posts, I intend to sum up the general battle between the RIAA and humanity from news reports I receive through Google News. This is primarily my personal archive, but also gives anyone interested a general, although completely biased, synopsis of the present state of the battlefield.

It's been smooth sailing these last few days. Here's what's up:

Former RIAA President Hates RIAA
Hillary Rosen is a former RIAA executive. Having left the organization, she made a statement leaning towards criticism of the recording industry's actions. More recently, she joined the side of good and is criticising the RIAA's suit against XM radio. I guess she took the rest of the cartel's sense with her:
http://www.p2p-weblog.com/50226711/rosen_repping_radio.php

Nobody Wants to Pay for Music
Many colleges and universities have bought contracts with pay-for-music services to reduce the amount of piracy occuring on their servers. Many colleges and universities also canceled these contracts because nobody wants to pay rip-off prices for music they can get for free and keep after they leave college, something these services won't let them do.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060707-7211.html

Good Article in Spring 2006 2600
There's a good article about DRM in the Spring 2006 2600--get it soon though, they're probably almost all sold. This is my favorite excerpt from the article, written by "Don:"

There is another reason to buy CDs. It's not a technical one, it's a ideological one. When you hop on a P2P network or an online music store you gram the track you want and then maybe the rest of the album. Or, if you grab the entire album, you cull the tracks you don't want at the moment and delete them. You can do this with a CD as well, putting all your favorite tracks on a mixCD or putting them on repeat, but the rest of the album isn't lost. When you ditch the album for the single you rob yourself of those times when you pull out an old album and let it play past the one song you liked, when you hear the next track and understand it in a way you didn't before, when you hear a song at a party and then later find you had it yourself, taking you back to that moment. When you accept only taking the tracks from the moment a scuttling the rest--a lauded advantage of P2P--you are robbing yourself of the opportunity to rediscover music, your music. You are instead buying to an ideology of music not as art or even culture but as product, as something disposable. That's the music industry's ideology. Don't let it be yours.

A very good point--I myself always listen to the CDs that I have as a whole. Each song is a part of the others, and without one another, the songs just aren't the same.

EFF Gives Entertainment Industry a Quiz
They'll probably fail. The EFF laid down a couple of questions for the entertainment industry to answer. If they even regard their existence, it might cause a change of heart... nah, that's just wishful thinking... too much coffee.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060712-7243.html


Nothing really negative today... a new possible figure head for the side of good, a new EFF campaign, a DRM-crap failure, and some good literature. Could be worse... could be worse.

And remember, don't support DRM--don't buy from iTunes.

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