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  •  that's a stretch (4+ / 0-)

    the RIAA are a bunch of flaming shitheads. None of those fucking assholes are actually playing any music, so I don't see what the connection is.

    The RIAA does not have artists' best interest in mind. In the modern record industry the artists (and the customers, for that matter) are at the bottom of the fucking pyramid. The record industry is a bunch of non-musical fucking barnacles that have grafted themselves into what was a very simple relationship (musicians --> audience) and made it far more complex than it ever needed to be.

    They're a mob of lawyers, bean-counters, salesmen, philistines, and empty suits. They have nothing to do with music.

    Dreams of empire die hard; empire, that goes away quickly.--Juan Cole

    by nota bene on Thu Apr 12, 2007 at 06:28:24 PM PDT

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    •  Stretch? (0+ / 0-)

      By virtue of recording for one of the 90% of the labels out there artists endorse the RIAA to protect their right to be paid for their music which 'is in the artists best interest' - unless of course you think you should get their music free of charge.

      If you listen to anything other than non-RIAA indies then you actually SUPPORT that which you bitch about. That's fact.

      "You Have The Power!" - Howard Dean

      by talex on Thu Apr 12, 2007 at 06:38:07 PM PDT

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      •  no (2+ / 0-)
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        I think the modern record industry (barely eighty years old or so) as a business model has reached its utter limit, and as you would expect, the individuals and entities who are invested in the old order are fighting tooth and nail to preserve what can't be preserved.

        I think that music existed long before there was a record industry to exploit it, and I think that music will exist just fine without the fucking RIAA. By the way, I think you're confusing the RIAA with performing rights societies like ASCAP. Despite their claims to the contrary, the Recording Industry Association of America does not represent artists, it represents labels, which, if you haven't been living under a rock, are notorious for ripping off both artists and consumers.

        Boycotting any music made for a Big Four label is like the fundies trying to boycott Disney....it's awfully hard to be that pure. It's everywhere in modern culture and that's exactly what's fucked up about it. Through very effective (if ethically questionable) business practices, the RIAA and the labels it represents have come to totally dominate what you hear, just like ClearChannel owns as much of the broadcast market as they're legally allowed to. Just like Microsoft is on nearly every computer. Ad naus.

        The thing is, music is a basic human impulse and people get pretty touchy when you start fucking with it for profit. So you tell me, I'm eating mac and cheese every other night but Mr. Record Executive is paid nicely, and I'm supposed to be happy about that? Fuck that shit. I want to go back to 1900, when I played for you in person and I got paid for that instead of being forced to turn myself into a salesman of little pieces of plastic in order to make a living.

        Dreams of empire die hard; empire, that goes away quickly.--Juan Cole

        by nota bene on Thu Apr 12, 2007 at 06:54:20 PM PDT

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        •  talex's citing of the RIAA (0+ / 0-)

          as an organization that collects money for artists demonstrates that he knows nothing about the music industry and has no right to expect anyone to respect his opinion on the subject. His only intention here is to disrupt a discussion he's uncomfortable with.

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          by alizard on Fri Apr 13, 2007 at 01:21:19 PM PDT

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