Skip to comments.RIAA Needs to Be Disbanded, Says Moby
Posted on 06/20/2009 4:29:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Following the recent jury decision against alleged file sharer Jammie Thomas, in which the woman was fined $80,000 USD for each of the 24 songs she shared via P2P, the popular artist Moby has written a blog entry claiming the RIAA "should be disbanded" for using the wrong techniques against people who are just trying to listen to music.
His full post:
"The riaa have sued Jammie Thomas-Rasset of minnesota for $2,000,000 for illegally downloading music.
argh. what utter nonsense. this is how the record companies want to protect themselves? suing suburban moms for listening to music? charging $80,000 per song?
punishing people for listening to music is exactly the wrong way to protect the music business. maybe the record companies have adopted the 'it's better to be feared than respected' approach to dealing with music fans. i don't know, but 'it's better to be feared than respected' doesn't seem like such a sustainable business model when it comes to consumer choice. how about a new model of 'it's better to be loved for helping artists make good records and giving consumers great records at reasonable prices'?
i'm so sorry that any music fan anywhere is ever made to feel bad for making the effort to listen to music.
the riaa needs to be disbanded."
Moby nailed it. RIAA can never move against even one percent of sharers. The more they do, the more resistance they will encounter and people will increase their activity in revolt.
parsy, who bought two of Moby’s cds.
Copying music is stealing.
The music industry should know, they are expert thieves.
The RIAA and record companies are such hypocrites. When I was a kid we copied albums on tape. They manufactured the tapes I believe, so they were complict in the action. Now they’re worried about file sharing and illegal downloading because they can’t get their cut.
He may be correct on this issue, but you may want to check out what else he has had to say in the past on others.
Moby was one of the most scathing attackers of W. Just do a search on FR here and you will find plenty to confirm that.
‘I dont know that Ive ever heard a Moby tune, but I am now a big fan. I may buy a couple of his CDs to use for stocking stuffers if its the kind of music my grand kids would like.’
Don’t do it. His comments on this matter are 100% worthwhile, but his music isn’t. Plus, he’s kind of a has-been. The grand kids might want someone a little more...hip? :-)
Ever cut and paste anything?
“Ever cut and paste anything? Ever cut and paste anything? “
There I just did it again.
If everybody decided they had a right to listen to free music, there wouldn’t be any professionally mixed music to listen to any more.
Somehow, millions of people manage to grasp that artists deserve to be paid if you are going to benefit from their product. Nobody is making anybody listen to music, but if you want to listen to music somebody produced for sale, BUY IT.
I don’t know, it sounds like Moby would like you to steal his music.
And you think the artist that wrote the music, and the artists that play the music, and the company that produced the music and marketed the music and packaged it for sale, should NOT get "their cut" of the money from the music?
Of course they should. But since when have artist’s been treated fairly by record companies? The record companies sole intrest is to make a profit, which is fine. But if they’re goingto sue consmurs today for copying music, they should sue themselves for all the billions of tapes they sold in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Those tapes had but one purpose and that was to copy albums.
Music is brainwash material enough. The RIAA is going to turn into a BATF and control expression. It is immoral to charge the brainwashed with the brainwashing, as is done in cults.
It should work by donations to the artist just as done in bars. Its techmologies depend on the open sourcing of it.
As a citizen and parent I have the right to figure and monitor what music is played out there and to access to the brainwash trash being distributed if I ever needed prosecution of the music mafya. I should not have thus to pay for it if I do not use it for commercial business purposes.
hats off to Moby. $2M fine is outrageous for essentially copying a record which people have done since there were tape recorders.
Obviously the middle-men do not intend to die away quietly.
All this does is create pressure for technology that will allow individuals to easily create their own music and dispense with all but the songwriters and arrangers.
Every man a performer; every computer a jukebox; death to the CD venders and their running dog lackeys.
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