RIAA Attacking Bloggers

Just stop & read this published in Hypebot today, quoting the Author of The Berkeley Place blog …

“I’ve been a non-RIAA reviewer for over a year now…That used to be a safe approach…A few weeks ago, I posted a collection of covers of songs from the 1980s. To my knowledge, only one of the artists featured in that post had a connection to the RIAA. That was Chris Cornell. But the song that I posted was a live recording, not commercially released. Nevertheless, the post mysteriously disappeared from my site. Over the next few weeks, this happened twice more. Blogger, my host, has been utterly silent on the issue. I am not alone in this – it’s happened to some of the best bloggers out there, like Ryan’s Smashing Life, and So Much Silence. Then, an 11-month-old post from my WordPress site got dinged…(They) told me who the DCMA notice was from. It was from the IFPI…The post was on a band that was independent when I wrote about them, Wild Sweet Orange, and contained only one mp3, which was hosted by RED…In other words, it was a legal mp3.”

If IFPI & The RIAA are about to declare war on MP3 bloggers then this must be final confirmation (as if we needed it) that the people making these decisions are clearly and accutely out of their minds! Let’s just take a quick sweep through the record business in the last ten years …

1. Napster was brought down instead of monetised. The P2P audience fragmented into thousands of tiny pieces.

2. Sue your fans, rather than try to replace or enhance an internet brand that everyone had congergated around and make money for their clients (yes, artists are clients at labels), the record business thought it better to sue their customers. Piracy went up

3. iTunes, into the game comes Steve Jobs and shows the labels how they can make money out of digital music. Blindly, they hand apple the keys to the kingdom for the foreseeable future by handing him a retail monopoly whilst simultaneously killing the prized format – the album.

4. DRM – utterly desperate to control the market place, the labels clung onto DRM for way to long effectively preventing anyone from making a play agiant Apple and preventing and competition.

5. Established bands realise that the major label system is fucked and screwing their fanbases and start to leave with their credibility and margins in tact.

6. Profits and share price keep dropping and none of the execs can stop it. In desperation they license their catalogue to consumer electronics companies for big advances. This turns out to be a terrible error as they have de-values their catalogues in the eyes of the up & coming generation and now have to rely on partners much more powerful that themselves with an entirely seperate agenda to keep their bottom lines up.

And now the same execs, lawyers, labels and trade organisations are going to start to fuck MP3 bloggers up the arse. The very people who are actively promoting their emerging talent in a space where attention is very hard to come by and word of mouth means everything.

When is the RECORD business going to get off this ship of fools. Shame on them!


~ by donjenkins on November 22, 2008.

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