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RIAA About to Transform?

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the and-i'll-form-the-head dept.

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It has been reported for a while that the RIAA was suffering some cutbacks and dwindling support, but techdirt is reporting that the cuts may be even deeper than most originally suspected. Who knew suing potential customers would ruin your business? "I'm sure some will somehow 'blame piracy' for this turn of events, but it's hard to see how that's even remotely the issue. The real issue is that the RIAA has basically managed to run one of the dumbest, most self-defeating strategies over the last decade. Rather than helping major record labels adjust to the changing market, it continually, repeatedly and publicly destroyed its own reputation and the reputation of the labels — each time shrinking their potential market by blaming the very people they should have been working to turn into customers."

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In demand as witnesses? (4, Interesting)

NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018497)

Well I would imagine the excess employees will be much in demand as witnesses.

Re:In demand as witnesses? (2, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018991)

No way! People willing to work for such an ethical and forward thinking organization would have more loyalty to each other.

Re:In demand as witnesses? (4, Funny)

LuYu (519260) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019051)

Well I would imagine the excess employees will be much in demand as witnesses.

Then, let us all hope for the sake of the families involved that the MafiAAs do not make them mysteriously disappear.

"The RIAA has announced a new severance package . . ."

Re:In demand as witnesses? (2, Funny)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019205)

"The RIAA has announced a new severance package . . ."

I think its dubbed "Head and Shoulders"... er no that's a shampoo... "Head from Shoulders"!

Re:In demand as witnesses? (5, Funny)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019673)

Well I would imagine the excess employees will be much in demand as witnesses.

We've always known when it comes to the RIAA there's more than meets the eye, but witnesses would truly help expose their deceptive cons.

Re: NYCL FP FTW!! (0)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019955)

Lookee here gang.

Ray nailed a +5 on the FP slot, so no one bothered with the usual 6 leadoff trolls.

Yo, Mr. Taco! Can members get a special perk for high-grade FP's? The whole board topic improves in quality!

RIAA (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018519)

TERRORIZE!!!

Re:RIAA (2, Funny)

Hordeking (1237940) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019601)

TERRORIZE!!!

I think "EXTERMINATE!!!!!! EXTERMINATE!!!!!!" is more appropriate here.

Just throwing that out there.

give it a fucking break (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018527)

take this infantile whining to torrent freak or the playground where such anti-corporate whining isnt seen as the transparent bullshit it is.

or get a job and pay for music for a change.

Re:give it a fucking break (5, Interesting)

mlwmohawk (801821) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018631)

take this infantile whining to torrent freak or the playground where such anti-corporate whining isnt seen as the transparent bullshit

I don't think we are "anti-corporate" enough in the U.S.A. They've more or less destroyed the economy with short sighted strategies that can't see past a 3 month horizon.

Businesses move jobs over seas. Umm? Who's going to buy your product? The list of offenses is pretty long from exploitation to pollution.

or get a job and pay for music for a change.

Um, I use Linux, where would I buy digital music that plays on my system and has any value? I want it on my home stereo (CD, DVD, or a Linux box) and my MP3 player. (which is not an iPod)

I buy CDs if I really like the music, but I was so disappointed with Gnarles Barkley, one good song on a whole CD, I usually go to the library and borrow CDs.

Re:give it a fucking break (2, Informative)

Zordak (123132) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018715)

I use Linux, where would I buy digital music that plays on my system and has any value?

Um, Amazon for starters? Or did you not realize that iTunes is not the only digital music store in the world?

Re:give it a fucking break (2, Informative)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018735)

Unless Amazon added lossless support recently, I'd rather just buy the CD.

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

Ron_Fitzgerald (1101005) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018803)

Or Sony's new Blu-CD [linksubmit.net] which should hold enough data to keep the tracks in their original quality.

Re:give it a fucking break (5, Insightful)

SCPRedMage (838040) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018861)

Blu-spec CDs are just CDs. They hold no more data than a regular CD. The only difference is that the masters are made with a blue laser instead of the standard red laser, which supposedly lowers their error-rates.

Blu-spec CDs are nothing more than a marketing gimmick.

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

Aazzkkimm (465445) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018869)

Blu-CD will store no more data that a regular CD. They just use a blue laser to write the master.

Re:give it a fucking break (3, Informative)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018899)

Nope. Blu-CD is compatible with regular CD players [ps3sacd.com], and still plays back at 16-bit, 44.1kHz. The theoretical quality of the output audio is exactly the same. The only difference is that the physical process of making the CD will be more precise, so playing a Blu-CD back in realtime on a regular CD player will, Sony hopes, give better measured output quality.

However, if you rip a Blu-CD and a regular CD to a computer using cdparanoia or Exact Audio Copy, you'll get exactly the same files.

In short, if you rip your CDs, Blu-CD will give you no benefit. If you play your CDs on a home-theater system, however, if Sony implements the technology correctly you'll get fewer playback errors.

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019031)

I always thought CDs were *pressed* not written. I don't want a CD-R that's written with laser (red, blue, or otherwise), since CD-Rs self-erase themselves (the dye fades). I want my CDs to have permanent pits pressed into them.

Sounds like planned obsolescence to me. - "Not only does Blu-CD sound cool, but they include a special feature to erase themselves in 5-10 years. Less if you leave them sitting in a sunny car. This way you [the record companies] can sell the same CD again and again and again!" - Sony. "Brilliant." - RIAA

Re:give it a fucking break (2, Informative)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019367)

The master CD is burned with a laser, then the distributed copies are pressed from the master.

To be honest, I don't think Sony is out to get us with this one, because these are just regular CDs, made in a better fashion. It doesn't sound like there's any DRM involved. It might be too late for Sony to make any money off of it, but I don't think it's a technology to be avoided for any reason other than possibly price.

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

Ron_Fitzgerald (1101005) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019067)

Did I have it way wrong...
Now I don't see any need for blu-cd. Or any more physical media for that matter. Content delivery is the way to go.

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019141)

And even if you wanted physical media, but wanted something better than a CD, DVD-Audio and SACD both provide multi-channel support, higher bitrates, and higher sampling rates. They're more DRM-laden than CDs of course, but DVD-Audio's been broken. So far, nobody cares enough about SACD to break it.

I might buy a DVD-Audio disk of an album I like, just to see if it's worth it.

That said, I do appreciate Trent Reznor providing FLACs, both in CD-quality format -- 16/44.1 -- and in 24/96.

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

LuYu (519260) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019157)

Or Sony's new Blu-CD [link removed] which should hold enough data to keep the tracks in their original quality.

Oh, yeah, that is a good idea, the RIAA is dying but instead of celebrating, we should all promote their sponsors' schemes to improve an antiquated distribution medium. That sounds like a good idea. Maybe Sony will come back and sue us directly now.

Why would anybody promote anything developed by a company that put rootkits on CDs, crippled its once innovative technology with DRM, and told Stan Lee that it did not make a profit on a record breaking movie (Spiderman)?

Sony.
sucks.like.no.other

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018823)

Or did you not realize that iTunes is not the only digital music store in the world?

Yeah, there are a few CD stores around. Even Wal*Mart sells CDs.

(CDs being digital and all...)

Re:give it a fucking break (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018841)

and they sell music in Ogg? or one of the other open source formats? flac?

why would we want to buy a digital download that sounds like it's been drug through the gutter?

oh wait - that's what most of the new canned music content from the RIAA sounds like before it's been sampled at such low bit-rates for re-sale.

Re:give it a fucking break (2, Interesting)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018721)

I mostly buy from a used CD store in town, and even if I find an occasional new CD there, it's well under the usual price (usually around $10 for a normal CD, I got Pink Floyd's "The Wall" for $15 new). Combine the fact that I don't care if I buy a used CD (EAC does a good job with mildly-scratched CDs) with the fact that I've only bought 2 CDs made in the last 5 years, and the RIAA probably doesn't like me, even though I'm a paying customer.

Re:give it a fucking break (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018743)

Um, I use Linux, where would I buy digital music that plays on my system and has any value? I want it on my home stereo (CD, DVD, or a Linux box) and my MP3 player. (which is not an iPod)

This problem has been solved. Check out Amazon MP3.

Re:give it a fucking break (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019049)

That's no solution, it's polution of the music, which was already pretty toxic to begin with.

Loss-less sampling is the only way to go, if they cannot provide that, then no-sale.

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

seizurebattlerobot (265408) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019591)

You cannot purchase whole albums on Amazon if you run Linux, only individual tracks. As a result, Linux users must pay extra, both in money, and in the amount of time it takes to individually purchase and download each track.

Re:give it a fucking break (2, Informative)

ameyer17 (935373) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019859)

Bzzt.
First, Amazon's download manager is available for Linux*.
Second, and more useful, IMO, http://code.google.com/p/clamz/ [google.com]

It sucks that Amazon hasn't heard of the newfangled .zip format, but saying that you can't buy albums from Amazon on Linux is a lie.

*Admittedly, it wasn't available when they launched the mp3 store, and it's a pain in the ass to get working if you're not running one of the 4 linux distro versions they make packages for, but it is available.

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

gbarules2999 (1440265) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019983)

Not true. I'm running Ubuntu and have done so. OK Computer for $2 was a resounding "YES," even if it's not lossless.

Re:give it a fucking break (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018757)

What a tool.

Corporations didn't ruin the economy, the government and the plebes did.

Let's spend money we don't have on people who don't deserve it. Let's force banks to lend to idiots who can't pay back loans. Lets have businesses hire and colleges accept people based on age/sex/race/crack addiction/disability. Let's invest untold trillions into the military fighting "wars" in areas we have no businesses in. Let's install and prop up a shadow nation of Jews in the Middle East to shoot at some other people in the Middle East.

You use Linux. Ok. There are plenty of places to get music. You want music? Go buy CDs. Go buy MP3s from whatever store you want. Store doesn't work in Linux? Use WINE. Dual boot. Surely you can figure this out.

Re:give it a fucking break (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019007)

Let's force banks to lend to idiots who can't pay back loans.

Hay everyone! It's time for Yet Another Debunking! Frankly, at this point, I'm not going to bother digging up the sites because most likely if you're still repeating these tired old talking points you either don't care about the truth or you're active enough that you can google up the appropriate congressional testimony yourself.

Bush cancelled Clinton's CRA regulations sometime around '03 yet the lending institutions (by that time 50% of the loans were created by brokers and investment firms that were never regulated by the CRA) continued to make crazy loans well into '06 and beyond. Why is this, mister "wah the government made me stupid!!!1!"? (No, sorry, "teh j00z did it!" is incorrect) How about this: the institutions were getting rich. Of course, this was rich in "debt dollars" which the institutions were allowed to invent exchange rates for. So back then they were hojillionaires with mortgages worth zillions of dollars each.

Oh, and also no matter how hard you try to pretend, drug testing is still allowed, and there are plenty of elite schools that take you based on the fact that your daddy has a million dollars rather than based on your age/sex/race or whatever.

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

Minozake (1227554) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019037)

Wine doesn't always work, and I'm not paying $100+ dollars for a fucking bunch of shitty software.

Got any more suggestions?

Re:give it a fucking break (1)

Plaid Phantom (818438) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019831)

eMusic works fine with Linux. Well, I've not tried their download manager. But then, I never used it under Windows, either. It's not like it provides a significant amount of value.

Re:give it a fucking break (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019149)

Corporations spending money they didn't earn, working up ideas to get free anything *pay inflated maintenance costs later, but it looks great on the books now*, outsource jobs overseas, outsource data entry of your personal financial, medical and retirement records, make job cuts to cover losses due to multi-million dollar bonuses for cutting jobs previously, all while doing their best to cover up the fact that the companies are failing due to the cuts, overspending due to outsourcing (it costs upwards of 4 times as much to outsource a single position as to keep it insourced), so that the stock price can marginally rise a few cents so they can pay out a dividend and make the stock holders happy.

yeah - that's right - corporations didn't do *ANYTHING* to mung up the economy...

BULLSHIT you fucking idiot.

Will it be... (5, Funny)

jd (1658) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018541)

...a Z Transform, a Laplace Transform or a Fast Fourier Transform?

Re:Will it be... (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018697)

FFT of course, since we're dealing with audiovisual [baudline.com] media.

Re:Will it be... (1)

guygo (894298) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019447)

C'mon folks, it's a digital age. Time Domain, time domain, time domain. The Z transform applies!

Re:Will it be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019825)

Autobots? Decepticons? I'm thinking they're like the ship from Spaceballs.

"She's gone from suck... to blow"

O NOES!!! (1)

Seriousity (1441391) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018559)

This is terrible news! Who now is brave enough to fight the evil ones! Piracy funds Terrorism!!! [youtube.com] Remember how every time you download a torrent you get an email from Al Qaeda saying "Thank you for your kind support"?! What will stop them now?!

Lesser of two evils (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018835)

Sure, piracy funds terrorism, but if you actually give money to the record companies, most of it winds up in the hands of Columbian drug cartels! You don't think they get DJs to play the latest pop stars they are pushing by appealing to their musical tastes, do you? Nope, it's mostly nose candy under the table.

Re:Lesser of two evils (1)

LuYu (519260) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019207)

... but if you actually give money to the record companies, most of it winds up in the hands of Columbian drug cartels! You don't think they get DJs to play the latest pop stars they are pushing by appealing to their musical tastes, do you? Nope, it's mostly nose candy under the table.

Ohhh. So that is why so many artists do drugs... It is a perk from their employers... Now I understand!

;-)

Re:Lesser of two evils (3, Interesting)

indi0144 (1264518) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019725)

What does one thing have to do with the other, as if just BAD DRUGS are the source of income for Cartels in general around everywhere. May it be Coffee? yeah there is a cartel there, you don't have to shoot someone to make damage because you can pay farmers a misery for their products (as in the Colombian cartel of coffee) so they will grow dope instead, dope that it's so friking hard to sell there as nobody want that shit.

Someone made a comic strip this year about it [cartoonistgroup.com]

Even if it's something non related, Juan Valdez and Mule SUED the guy [dispatch.com] And he apologized rather quickly.. srcsm/ I think he was just afraid of the mule /srcsm

So maybe now IT professionals and their high intake of Coffee, and also trendy snobs on starbucks are sponsoring drug production.

BTW theres no Muslim Turrurists (TM) here.. the only terrorist here is the one Bushy boy help to get elected. [colombiajournal.org]

and the oblig..

also, fuck you.

Nothing but a rumor, yet... (5, Informative)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018571)

Chasing down the links leads to this:

http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2009/02/is-the-.html [hypebot.com]

But one seemingly knowledgeable but unconfirmed source tells Hypebot that the cuts run much deeper than previously reported.

And not much else. One can hope, but so far this is nothing but a rumor.

Re:Nothing but a rumor, yet... (4, Informative)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018717)

...nothing but a rumor.

Synonym for fact here at Slashdot.

book publishers (3, Interesting)

cyborch (524661) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018591)

If the book publishers are about to make the same mistakes as RIAA [slashdot.org], then at least we know where they are heading now.

Re:book publishers (3, Interesting)

cptdondo (59460) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019765)

Yeah, too true. I quit buying music years ago when CD prices got ridiculous. I haven't bought (or downloaded) music for years. Now my daughter is getting into music, and surprisingly for our 40-years-of-age difference, our music tastes are similar, so we've been building our library.

She's started sending me links to youtube videos of her faves. Sent one today. I gave it a quick listen at work; kind-of-liked it, went back to listen again at home and it's been taken down. Humph. No sale there.

I end up buying about 1/4 of the music links she sends me. This just makes no sense at all - the music industry is shooting itself in the foot. All the younguns are growing up pirating music instead of buying it - because the industry has created such hurdles to getting music legally.

supporting companies outed (4, Interesting)

Dan667 (564390) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018611)

While it is no doubt that the people who run the RIAA and IFPI have no idea what they are doing I also wonder how much of a contributing factor that people are putting 2 + 2 together and recognizing who supports the RIAA. Companies are very protective of their brands and sony, emi, warner bros, and universal do not like the negative image this is bringing them directly.

Re:supporting companies outed (4, Interesting)

uniquename72 (1169497) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018969)

Companies...do not like the negative image this is bringing them directly.

Neither do the artists themselves, who seem to get lost in the "OMG PIRACY IS THEFT!!1!" argument.

It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling to go to a concert and hear the band say, "Thank you for paying to come see us, now go download our stuff illegally and fuck the labels who are fucking us!" (No, I don't download music and am not a pirate, although I don't care if others do and are.)

Slashdot broken? (1)

AdamHaun (43173) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018629)

Is something wrong with the site preferences? I disabled YRO but I see several of its stories on the front page.

Re:Slashdot broken? (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018779)

I've been trying to disable Slashboxes (the shits on the right) forever but they are always fucking there.
FUCK.

All I can say is... (5, Funny)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018637)

Yo, ho, ho, pass me the rum.

I do, however, once RIAA is dead and buried, intend to dig them up once a year on the anniversary of their death just to make sure they're still dead.

Re:All I can say is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018751)

I do, however, once RIAA is dead and buried, intend to dig them up once a year on the anniversary of their death just to make sure they're still dead.

For a moment I thought you're a necro and intended on having sex with its corps...

Re:All I can say is... (1)

HartDev (1155203) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018877)

That seems like a lot of work, just tap into the feed that will ever vigilantly keep surveillance on that grave, I think more and more people are becoming aware of the zombie epidemic!

"Meat Grinder" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019083)

That seems like a lot of work, just tap into the feed that will ever vigilantly keep surveillance on that grave, I think more and more people are becoming aware of the zombie epidemic!

That seem like a lot of work. Instead just put it through the meat grinder and feed it to MPAA. There's hope they're toxic enough to kill MPAA.

Worse (4, Insightful)

nine-times (778537) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018639)

each time shrinking their potential market by blaming the very people they should have been working to turn into customers.

Worse than that, they were shrinking their market by blaming the very people who already were their customers. Contrary to the way we sometimes talk about it, "people who download music in violation of copyrights" and "people who buy music" are not mutually exclusive groups.

Often enough, the same people who will spend money on high-quality convenient products that they feel are worth the price will also look for alternate channels in cases where they don't think the product they are being offered is high-quality enough, convenient enough, or worth the price.

Now I'm not trying to excuse people who download music illegally. It's illegal. I don't do it. I don't advocate that others do it. I don't approve of it. I'm just pointing out that all those nasty/evil group of "pirates" and "thieves" that the music industry keeps blaming, vilifying, and suing-- that group has a fair amount of overlap with that industry's legitimate customers.

Re:Worse (5, Insightful)

LuYu (519260) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019369)

Now I'm not trying to excuse people who download music illegally. It's illegal. I don't do it.

I am so sick of this argument. The RIAA never (as in: not once) sued anybody for downloading music. No matter what they said to the press, 100% of their "filesharing" lawsuits were for uploading. Further, it has never been conclusively established that downloading songs is illegal. In the Napster case, the judge stated that people using a service like Napster had the "effect of piracy". Just because something has the same consequences does not mean it is the same thing. On top of that, it has since been argued -- rather convincingly -- that music sharing increases sales because the heaviest downloaders are also the biggest music buyers.

You can listen to the radio for free. Are you or the radio station doing something "illegal" when you tune in? Are radio audiences "pirates"?

This whole "downloading == theft" thing is merely the RIAA's creation.

Re:Worse (4, Insightful)

nine-times (778537) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019681)

I didn't say that "downloading == theft". I wouldn't. In fact, I've argued many times here on Slashdot that copyright infringement is not the same thing as theft, and people who are trying to equate them are being dishonest.

However, there are many laws other than those against theft, and to the best of my knowledge, it's not untrue to say that copyright infringement is "illegal". Also, that copying copyrighted material without a license to do so is generally considered copyright infringement, and that the process of downloading something from the Internet includes "copying".

I'm not trying to be controversial here. I don't believe that copyright was intended to prevent private individuals from enjoying copyrighted material without a license. It was more to prevent professional publishers from poaching off of each others' work for profit. On the hand, copyright does have a valid role in ensuring that artists are compensated for their work, and in the current legal formulation, I believe copying songs without buying them (outside of "fair use") is illegal.

Re:Worse (1)

n dot l (1099033) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019469)

The only thing that makes me sad is that, despite not actually saving their business with all the law suits, they have still managed to (likely forever) change the way the people think about IP. It used to be not such a big deal. Yes, anyone that knew anything about computers (or was a friend of such) wasn't paying for media, but the record stores weren't closing either so nobody gave a damn. And even during Napsters glory days I knew tons of kids that went out and spent ridiculous sums of money on posters and t-shirts and concert tickets and, yes, CDs - because of having pirated a good chunk of a band's works. Now you can't even have a discussion about that without throwing in a disclaimer almost half as long as your actual message to point out that you aren't actually telling people to go out and break the law.

Sorry to go a bit off-topic. It just depresses me that you (quite rightly) felt you had to throw in that last paragraph, even though the things you didn't say can be easily spotted, simply by reading your actual message.

Re:Worse (3, Insightful)

nine-times (778537) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019693)

It just depresses me that you (quite rightly) felt you had to throw in that last paragraph, even though the things you didn't say can be easily spotted, simply by reading your actual message.

It depresses me a bit too. I've found that I have to tell people what I'm not-saying on a pretty consistent basis, or else I get attacked for saying things that I specifically did not say.

I don't think we really listen to each other very well, and we don't think very deeply about what other people are saying. If we did, we'd often find that people who disagree with us are disagreeing for a reason-- maybe even a valid reason-- even if they're still "wrong".

Re:Worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019627)

Exactly!

I buy way more music than I used to, for the pure reason that I can try way more music for free by downloading it, ahem "illegally."

I buy through iTunes, through CD, music I never even would have paid attention to in the past, had BitTorrent not existed, or sneaker net, either.

Plus, as a music freak, I also like to buy concert DVDs, so I buy those, too, once I know a group is one I will really like.

(I admit, I'm going to fewer concerts than I used to - and I always used to buy a lot of swag at concerts like clothing and other merch) but that's more because of family scheduling issues than anything else).

The freer age of "try it and see if you really like it" of the Internet has made me way more of a content purchaser than I ever was before.

It seems like the record companies forgot what the whole notion of a "free sample" is. The whole freaking Internet is a free sample.

Meet the New Boss, (5, Insightful)

Neptunes_Trident (1452997) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018677)

Same as the old boss. Heh, Just because the RIAA transforms, does not imply that the copyright laws they try to enforce or fight for have changed. Slam them all you want and call'em a failure, as far as I'm concerned this means nothing. When the laws change toward cultural liberation, (like they used to be) only then will I celebrate. Only then.

Music is dead (1)

linebackn (131821) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018737)

Heck, with the way they have been suing everybody I'm surprised anyone still even wants music any more. Why even possess music when it is apparently such a dangerous thing? :P

New business for the RIAA? (4, Funny)

portnux (630256) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018783)

Maybe it will involve skinning puppies or pulling the horns off unicorns? Perhaps ripping the wings from butterflies? There must be and endless supply of ideas for the RIAA, given all their experience.

Shutdown one Industry in support of another (4, Interesting)

HartDev (1155203) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018817)

I am not gonna make remarks that are uber pro-piracy, but I will say this about the RIAA, they should have seen this many years ago, they were just stubborn.

The market for blank media was not going to go away, and it was going to be filled with downloaded music, now regardless that it is illegal to download copyrighted material did not slow anyone down. And just like the article mentioned, it only soiled the name of those who tried to stop it, yeah I am talking about how people like Metallica a whole lot less.

Being Pro or Anti piracy aside I do not feel for the RIAA losing money (if in fact they did lose any money, and if that money was a substantial amount) because they blatantly starred the changing times in the face ignored all possible opportunities it could have afforded them, and now, just like the banks and the auto industry they will cry about how the oldschool ways don't work anymore.

I am glad that hard drives and blank CD's and DVD's are so cheap now a days!

Wonder Twin Powers, Activate! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018839)

RIAA: Form of a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
MPAA: Shape of a rotting ham!

Transforming, but not in a good way (5, Interesting)

mysidia (191772) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018901)

With RIAA Lawyers running the DOJ [cnet.com], the RIAA is transforming into a US government agency.

Now their antics re. DoS'ing suspected torrent sites will not only be legal but an act of the gov't.

Not only will gov't money will be budgeted for catching the file traders, and probably some money from the economic stimulus packages to help bail out the recording industry and encourage innovation, it will be a gov't initiative.

Along with a new and improved patent enforcement department to help make it more cost-effective for companies having difficulty collecting license fees from people infringing on patents like one-click (due to millions of small infringers, and formerly expensive legal processes required to enforce a patent)

Re:Transforming, but not in a good way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019691)

DoS'ing suspected torrent sites will not only be legal but an act of the gov't.

I wish I could write all of these fucking ridiculous predictions down so I could come back and rub them in your face in 10 years.

RIAA is about to die... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27018971)

-- RIAA, cease to be evil and admit you lost. Let's stop this senseless fight!
-- Cough! Cough! Eh, it seems your last attack made me bleed internally... I'm sorry, this is something I wanted to avoid...
-- What?
-- B A N K A I !!

RIAA: "Everybody online is a criminal or wannabe." (1)

sehlat (180760) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018977)

I'll remember that as I micturate on their grave.

Who knew? (4, Insightful)

Groo Wanderer (180806) | more than 5 years ago | (#27018979)

"Who knew suing potential customers would ruin your business?"

SCO did. Worked for them as well.

            -Charlie

Transform into... COPYRIGHT MEGACRONYM! (4, Funny)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019159)

Left arm: MPAA
Right arm: IFPI
Left leg: SPA
Right leg: BSA
Torso: RIAA
Head: DMCA

Combined: WTMGDL! (Way too many god damned lawyers)

Hmm, any other suggestions for the copyright megacronym? :)

Re:Transform into... COPYRIGHT MEGACRONYM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019531)

The International Digital Broadcasting Motion Picture Recording Publisher's Federation? That would be IDBMPRPF. Not even remotely pronounceable.

What a shame! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019357)

I was really pulling for them to win all those cases.

/sarcasm

From the new series (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27019675)

"Decepticons, transform and rise up!" - Megatron

It's one of my favorite lines of his because it's so blatantly stolen from Prime.

why suing customers was a bad move... (1)

gowanus (208839) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019761)

this was a bad move by the RIAA because they didn't anyone would pay attention.

well someone did.

and it appears that enough help is being focused on particular cases that some unfortunate for the RIAA precedents have been or are going to be shortly set.

lets not stop now. but score one for the internet.

Never truly transform! (1)

wshwe (687657) | more than 5 years ago | (#27019897)

The RIAA will never really transform itself as long as the same eggheads are in charge of its member companies.

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