a Call out to Artists

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by mcbassdude, Jul 26, 2003.

  1. I want to appeal to any artist who is on a label or for that matter any of you who feel the same....If your like me you are incensed by the RIAA's pursuit to litigate those who have file shared. They have recently sued and obtained a 12 thousand dollar settlement from a 19yr old college student. Is this what you really want? Do we want to be suing a bunch of teenagers for all they are worth and more? Do you want to be a part of ruining a kids credit because when it comes right down to it he's just a fan of music? I know kid's and some adults who aren't really even aware that P2P is illegal.

    I for one want to have no part in this strong arm bullying tactic. How many teenagers or their families can afford legal rep to defend themselves against an RIAA complaint. There are no public defenders in civil suits. Without representation in a civil court you are screwed. So they'll force a bunch of kids to settle and drive them into credit hell?

    So I'm asking that you write the CEO of your label, write to ASCAP, BMI, the RIAA, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp and let them know how displeased you are with this tactic. If this becomes a public relations nightmare than maybe they will be forced to take a different approach.

    Hey RIAA! less Mussolini and more Ghandi
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I don't think any signed recording artist is going to ask their label to stop trying to elimate a big source of revenue loss.

    File-sharing is not a right or a privelege.
  3. Thats all fine and good, it's the tactic that's being applied that is so damn ugly. Thats what I strongly object to.
    They can ask to change the way it's being enforced.
  4. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    I dont understand why they are going avter the users of the P2P sites and not the owners of those sites. Please clue me in on that business.

  5. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Because P2P isn't expressly made to swap copyrighted material, the user agreement most people just click "Yes, I agree" makes the user, and the user only responsible for any and all copyright infringments heretofore.

    Basically, because the P2P's tell you that it's illegal, if you do it anyway (as most do), it's not their problem, it's yours.

    That's why they can't, and because the P2P sites aren't facillitating the breach (like Napster did with it's central server), so again, it's not THEIR fault if you go and break the law using their software.

    For all intents and purposes, Kazaa, I-Mesh, ect. can say it's for swapping home movies or art or non copyrighted MP3s. Which is true, in the legal sense. In the real world, they are havens for looooooots of piracy, but thems is the breaks.
  6. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Thanks for the education.

  7. From what I understand about Napster they just closed it down...why can't they do it with these other ones, or they can but they want to discourage any other programs like it from being made?
  8. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Napster wasn't Peer to Peer. All the traffic went through a central server. There was a brain/headquarters TO shut down with Napster. P2P sharing, you link direcly to other computers via the program (Kazaa, I-Mesh, WinMX, ect.)

    They can't shut it down, because there is no place to shut it down; it's contained entirely on the user's computer. There's nobody to pull the plug on, save the user.

  9. That explains it, thanks Brendan.
  10. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    In the long run, I dont think most of them care about that as long as they get their money.