Disturbed and the RIAA... (comments about apple inside)

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  1. krossfyter macrumors 601

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    I hope more artists will stand up for their fans like this. This guy has more respect from me for the stance he has taken on this issue.

    RIAA (Robbing Innocent Americans Always)


    "David Draiman is “Disturbed” about the flood of lawsuits filed by the RIAA last week against online file traders.__

    Draiman, the Disturbed frontman, spoke out against the RIAA latest action during an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle._

    The RIAA initiated the latest battle in the online piracy war last Monday (Sept. 8) when they filed lawsuits against 261 individuals that they accuse of sharing more than 1,000 digital music files from their PC’s._ The thought behind this move is not to develop a new revenue model for the ailing record companies but in hopes that it will act as a deterrent to keep people from trading in copyrighted music. (can’t beat em’, sue em’)

    Draiman doesn’t buy the claim that the RIAA is looking out for the artists by taking these actions. He says that it’s all about protecting corporate profits._

    "For the artists, my ass," he said. "I didn't ask them to protect me, and I don't want their protection."_

    Draiman feels the industry is taking the wrong actions and needs to find a better way to utilize the Internet to their benefit._

    "This is not rocket science," he said. "Instead of spending all this money litigating against kids who are the people they're trying to sell things to in the first place, they have to learn how to effectively use the Internet."_

    He points to the success of Apple Computer’s iTunes Store, which has made a splash on the net by succeeding at selling individual music files to fans for $0.99 apiece. Although the service is only available to a small number of users who also own Apple computers or iPod devices, the service has sold over 10 million digital song downloads since they opened at the end of April._

    "Apple has the right idea with the iStore," said Draiman. "You'd think these conglomerates like AOL Time Warner would have easy ways of doing the same thing, with these mergers between record labels and Internet service providers."_

    Draiman feels, like many others, that the industry as a whole is not forward thinking when it comes to the potential of the Internet. He sees the net as a tremendous tool to artists and labels. "The focus of the industry needs to shift from Soundscan numbers to downloads," he said. "It's the way of the future. You can smell it coming. Stop fighting it, because you can't."
     
  2. cb911 macrumors 601

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    this was posted on MacBytes i think...

    anyway.. at least some of the artists are realising that the RIAA isn't doing it for them, it's to protect their profits. i hope that more artists go independant.

    like he said:
    and plus, everyone knows that the RIAA can't scare anyone with that gastapo crap.
     
  3. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    I think Tom Petty said it best. He said there is something really messed up when an industry is suing their own customer's.
     
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  5. iGav macrumors G3

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    But there are people that aren't actually buying any music at all, they just D/L for free.... in which case, they aren't the customers... heh-heh!!
     
  6. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    Those people are very much the minority.

    Yes, Tom Petty did say that.
     
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    when you're talking big business, every consumer is a customer. some just don't know it yet. these are the enemy-customers, the ones that they simply want to **** over enough to make money, but not enough to lose their business. the line, it would seem, has simply shifted dramatically with the advent of the internet, and the industry cannot compensate. i say again, this is the consumer-driven crowd of people that have been programmed not to want to buy things, rather to simply want things. so the industry created a demand for a product and then refused to change their ways as that demand shifted. they did this to themselves by not embracing new technology, like any non-necessity industry should if it wants to survive in today's corporatescape.

    pnw
     
  8. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    I have never heard it put exactly this way but that's not to say that I haven't thought similar thoughts. The music industry as a whole is still living in the 70's. They don't realize that to make in this modern economy they need to evolve and keep up with the times by meeting tomorrows demands yesterday. I have heard interviews with several industry bigwigs admitting they have missed the boat with online music sales but that they are only a year or so behind. At that point I am usually spitting on my tv screen screaming that they are a decade behind. In any case corporate America loves power anything that takes that power away is bad. The internet has provided so much power to the consumer that in a way the production companies and corporate America has been brought down to the level of the consumer. The consumer is no longer someone that shops for their product but the other way around. Corporate America is now forced to shop for the consumer. This has scared the beejezus out of them and what is the gut reaction of the standard corporation? Where's the layers. Well now without thinking they are suing kids and grandparents, their customers. As I quoted before that is totally insane. You can not sue your customer. Also as I have heard many many Indie artists say, "Anything that gives more power to the consumer is a good thing".
     

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