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Mitch Bainwol To Succeed Hilary Rosen As RIAA Head

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the connections-and-pull dept.

Music 480

bmarklein writes "The RIAA has announced that it has named Mitch Bainwol, former chief of staff to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, as chairman & CEO. He replaces Hilary Rosen, who left earlier this month. This confirms the speculation that the RIAA would appoint a well-connected Republican (Rosen was a Democrat)." Several readers have submitted links to CNET's coverage as well. Update: 07/29 12:30 GMT by J : Lobbyists wield incredible power nowadays, and Slate's report on why was enlightening. Here's part 1 and part 2. Includes lyrics to the rap recorded for Rosen's going-away party by some of the most powerful people in the world: "Who wants the job of Hilary Rosen? / How 'bout the dream team of Bono and Tauzin?"

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480 comments

Hey (5, Funny)

Surak (18578) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556416)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

Is this a Frist Psot?

Re:Hey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556423)

why yes... yes it is.

Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556426)

That's lame. Next time try it without subscription.

Re:Hey (1, Redundant)

Pac (9516) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556440)

You're certain to go down pretty fast, but that was the first funny (and almost on topic) first post I've seem in eons. Nice "quick thinking" skills too. :))

Re:Hey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556495)

You want some of the pie?

Re:Hey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556498)

I personally had been thinking about the person Frist every time I saw a "Frist Psot" (and figuring that there would never, ever be a post about him). Shame on me for not typing fast enough. :-)

WELCOME TO MY FOES LIST U FAGGOT! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556505)

PLONK!!!

Re:WELCOME TO MY FOES LIST U FAGGOT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556618)

How about Public Enemy #1

Re:Hey (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556588)

1) Get a Nerf football and cut the ends off so there is a two inch flat on each end of the ball and carve a hollow two inch cylinder through it's length.

2) Get a piece of Armaflex which is a plumbing pipe insulator which feels amazingly like human skin and is not split down it's length like many others.

3) Cut a piece of Armaflex slightly longer than the hollow football and put it in the football.

4) Lubricate Armaflex tube.

5) ???

6) Profit!

You are my hero! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556598)

<nt>

Re:Hey (1, Redundant)

vegetablespork (575101) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556615)

  • That was damn clever, and funny simulatenously.
  • You owe me a new keyboard--coffee spontaneously spewed from my mouth and nose onto it.
  • I want to bear your children.

Walking the walk (3, Insightful)

swordgeek (112599) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556433)

Well, being a republican at least means that you folks in the US are less likely to have to foot the bill for his jackboots.

Re:Walking the walk (1)

Nogami_Saeko (466595) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556466)

I'm afraid I don't quite follow... Doesn't this just mean the US government that all of them pay taxes to support will be hijacked for the RIAA agenda even more than they are now?

N.

Re:Walking the walk (1)

digitalunity (19107) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556528)

Is that possible?

Re:Walking the walk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556673)

Oh, right. Because he's a republican, and they don't raise taxes, right? They just run up billions and billions in deficits that someone else, later on, has to raise taxes to pay for.

It figures. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556434)

Someone from the Bush administration is the new head of the RIAA. They've always been against individual freedoms and for corporate interests.

Re:It figures. (1)

johnny0101 (617627) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556471)

Yeah... Sucks that they would want to stop people from stealing... Oh btw, RTFA (article), Bainwol isn't bush administration, he was the senate majority leader aide. Minor distinction ;) but it's an important distinction just the same.

Re:It figures. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556476)

As opposed to the previous administration who signed into law the DMCA and had the most pro-censorship bored housewives club (Tipper Gore) - not to mention Censorship Joe Lieberman himself. Also note who the media companies are cozying up to [opensecrets.org] . Hint: it ain't the Republicans.

Re:It figures. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556517)

A liberal smash-piece, a liberal myth and a liberal lie from a liberal troll. No more to be said there other than this person is worse than last week's trash. Thank you, goodnight.

protecting property (1)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556437)

Maybe he can get their website situation straightened out. ;-p /me sits back and waits for people to start making fun of his name.....

Re:protecting property (5, Funny)

fidget42 (538823) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556494)

/me sits back and waits for people to start making fun of his name.....

You mean simething like: "Can you imagine a Bainwol cluster of these?"

Political wars (4, Funny)

BWJones (18351) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556439)

This confirms the speculation that the RIAA would appoint a well-connected Republican (Rosen was a Democrat)."

Well, I suppose from this wording there will not be any political flame wars generated from this.... :-)

No Need for War... THEY are all on the same side (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556519)

No matter which flag they show. This has been painfully obvious for quite some time. Just more and more blatant as the American sheeple acquiesce.

You will find these kind of appointments rife in any country that adopts the NAZI facist policy of merging corporations with government. Great for "competition." Just ask MCI. They got the wireless deal for New Iraq Project after bilking the Americans out of BILLIONS. Good job!

About MCI (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556676)

I am sure they will contribute most of their ill gotten gains to Dubya's next campain.

Re:Political wars (1)

wmspringer (569211) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556522)

Well, if you wanted one, you could say that they think a republican will be better at the job than Rosen was ;-)

Keeping in mind the RIAA's idea of better..

Now that they've got a Republican in the post... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556443)

... the gloves come off.

None of this "soft touch" that people getting sued had
enjoyed under the Demo.

Re:Now that they've got a Republican in the post.. (1)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556484)


None of this "soft touch" that people getting sued had enjoyed under the Demo.


Are you suggesting that GW is going to do something more drastic...maybe something along the lines of burglary? ;)

Re:Now that they've got a Republican in the post.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556560)

no, bug-ary the Republican way

Re:Now that they've got a Republican in the post.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556579)

More like sicking homeland on p2p traders.

Re:Now that they've got a Republican in the post.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556689)

Come on, I'm a Republican and even _I_ know what the response is going to be....

"Arm the cruise missiles, copilot. MP3 trader at 12 o'clock!"

A whole new way of looking at your computer being nuked though, huh...

Re:Now that they've got a Republican in the post.. (0)

Lost Penguin (636359) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556542)

Yeah, No more lawsuits, now file traders will be tortured with vice grips on top of a float, in the town Christmas Parade.

Re:Now that they've got a Republican in the post.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556582)

Ooooh, sounds like fun!

Former? (4, Insightful)

momerath2003 (606823) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556445)

Former Chief of Staff? Why did Bainwol get fired from / leave his previous position?

Re:Former? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556477)

To take a job as the head of the RIAA.

Re:Former? (4, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556604)

Why did Bainwol get fired from / leave his previous position?

He was just carried along by the angular momentum of the congressional/lobbyist revolving door.

frick! er frist er... (5, Insightful)

johnny0101 (617627) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556449)

This RIAA appt. is blatant politicking. I bet if ;) the democrats regain control, they will replace Bainwol with a Rosen clone. Sigh... I am a Republican but on this issue they are pissing me off...

Re:frick! er frist er... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556468)

I totally agree. Just because I'm a republican doesn't mean I'm for personal rights violations.

Re:frick! er frist er... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556485)

Or personal rights.

Tattoo (4, Funny)

Ryan Stortz (598060) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556452)

Damn, now I need to get that "Death to Hillary" tattoo removed.

Re:Tattoo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556486)

No, it will come in handy when she is running for president in 2008. (h. clinton that is)

Re:Tattoo (5, Funny)

greysky (136732) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556504)

You'd probably be best to keep it for when "the other Hillary" runs for the White House in 2008.

Don't be so hasty! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556514)

It may be useful in 2008. ;)

Re:Tattoo (1)

Mike Schiraldi (18296) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556534)

One "l", dude. 99% of them spell it that way, including a friend of mine. Then Clinton was elected, and from that point on, nobody would ever spell their names right again.

Rosen gone already? (1)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556457)

I thought she wasn't expected to leave until the end of the year. In any case, Woo-Hoo [becomethemedia.com] !

Re:Rosen gone already? (1)

KU_Fletch (678324) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556691)

There's a certain irony in posting an mp3 from a movie in a thread about Rosen going bye bye.

So... (5, Funny)

zifty (692892) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556460)

We're replacing a liberal die-hard conservative with a republican die-hard conservative to head a company whose conservatism rivals Dubbya's lack of intelligence.

I think I'll have a good cry.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556602)

How is this insightful? Its wrong.

a "liberal conservative" is an oxymoron. Either you are liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between.

"Copyright Rights" is hardly a Republican issue alone, Hollywood supports the Democrats and Democrats supported stuff like the DMCA and Sunny Bono Copyright Extenstion Act (Bonus: Clinton signed both of those bills).

PS, its spelled "Dubya", if you are going to be criticizing someone else's intelligence.

Re:So... (1)

realdpk (116490) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556682)

You could always, you know, not patronize the RIAA. It won't stop them from writing anti-consumer laws, but at least then you'd no longer BE a consumer. (to them)

Conservative? (4, Insightful)

poptones (653660) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556683)

I don't get it - how are either of these conservative? We have yet to see how Hillary the latter will rule (although indications are [vaccinationnews.com] he'll be as radically corporatist as Rosen), but Hillary the former was quite obviously a radical liberal. The only difference between Rosen and Al Sharpton is the group to which they would like to give special priviledges.

Don't forget Frist is from TN, the center of the country music industry - probably the closest you can get to Hollywood without actually going to Hollywood. And he has plenty of pull of his own [commondreams.org] .

I'm rather sick of these radical modern day liberals (as opposed to old school liberals, who actually believed in liberty) being called "conservatives." These modern day robber barrons are not conservators of anything except greed. I have in mind a much appropriate word [reference.com] to describe them...

Bad thing (5, Insightful)

hamtux6 (572649) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556461)

It's possible this may be modded down, but...

You know this is a bad thing. He's a right-wing Republican; the GOP is pro-rich, pro-big corporations, and pro-personal interest.

Expect even more tyranny from the RIAA.

I shudder at this prospect... not that the old person was good, though...

Re:Bad thing (2, Insightful)

greysky (136732) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556555)

Both parties are pro-rich. Otherwise, Lieberman wouldn't be in the pocket of Arthur Anderson, Daschle wouldn't be in the pocket of the airline industry, etc.

Personally, I'm not going to let who the RIAA appoints as their CEO dictate who I vote for in '04.

Re:Bad thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556562)

flamebait

Re:Bad thing (5, Insightful)

kaltkalt (620110) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556564)

No, this issue is not about republican/democrat rich/poor. It is about paying off congresspeople to act on an issue that "the american people" do not care about. Well, to that extent it is about money, but only the RIAA's money. Ever notice how every evil copyright bill that gets passed is sponsored by one republican and one democrat? I explained why this is on another post on another thread, and I'm too lazy to go find it (but of course it was +5 insightful hehe). Fucking over the american media consumer, much like getting rid of kiddie porn, is an issue with complete bi-partisan support. It could be worse - both parties could be trying to out-do each other and show who is "really" tougher on IP pirate-theives.

Re:Bad thing (3, Insightful)

Grieveq (589084) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556583)

"He's a right-wing Republican; the GOP is pro-rich, pro-big corporations, and pro-personal interest."

I'm guessing before today's story, you've never heard of this guy. I haven't either so don't feel bad. Sure we all know Frist, but he is hardly a galvinizing conservative icon.

Of course...your second line shows your true colors. Pro-rich, pro-big corporations, blah blah. Same 'ole line from the liberals. Who paints who with broad brush strokes?

Maybe you should give him a chance, before damning him. At least bother to learn a little bit about the person instead of spewing liberal talking points.

Republican (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556465)

Good choice. Keep those red Open Sauce botles in order.

Riiiiight... (5, Insightful)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556469)

"What could be more rewarding than helping to promote two great American traditions: music and property rights?" Bainwol said in a statement.

Who said property rights was a great American tradition? And rewarding for whom? Certainly not for us.

Re:Riiiiight... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556527)

"Who said property rights was a great American tradition? And rewarding for whom? Certainly not for us."

Right, post your address here, and I'll come and loot your house.

Then post again, letting us know about how great it is to live without property rights. (After all, without them, I'm not stealing a thing - you don't own the stuff I'm looting.)

Re:Riiiiight... (0, Troll)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556644)

Maybe I should've written it like this: GREAT

After all, other civilizations had property rights. Maybe if he had said "for all"---alas, it is not true. How does the homeless person have ANY property rights?

Also, if I can defend something, I own it. In the absense of a social contract, it is show of force which rules the day. It seems to me that many of us are rejecting the current agreement with the distributors of music, and we ask for a new, more reasonable agreement.

I sound like an Age of Enlightenment philosopher...

P.S.: Don't post as an AC; get a user name, coward. I might have actually posted my address then.

Re:Riiiiight... (1)

EinarH (583836) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556529)

"What could be more rewarding than helping to promote two great American traditions: music and property rights?" Bainwol said in a statement.

The way he starts his RIAA job is atleast up to the normal RIAA standards; spreading BS about "property rights" as if property has anything to do with copyright.

Re:Riiiiight... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556613)

is you kidding?

property rights almost DEFINE America!

But of course I wonder what the hell does that have to do with Copyrights and music.. copyright takes the concept of property right and flips it upside down.

I can just imagine if the RIAA was around in the early days of America:

RIAA exec: Hi there Farmer Joe, I'd like to talk to you about potential copyright infringements, specifically your Friday-night get-togethers where you sing unlicensed performances of Little Brown Jug.

Farmer: Git off mah property, monkey-suit boy! I bought that there sheet music fair an' square!

RIAA exec: I'm sorry, but I'm afraid you only purchased the rights to perform it in the presence of yourself and one optional family member. Inviting the neighborhood over to "sing along" constitutes an infringment of the our rights.

Farmer: What the hell are you talkin' about! I BOUGHT that there sheet music, that there sheet music is mine, same as the door you're a-standin' in, and the gun I'm a-gettin right now to blast a hole in your flabby gut.

RIAA exec: Now now Farmer Joe, that's not how copyrights work, the rights to perform the song still belong to us. Now, we can settle this matter if you pay us $15,000, and we promise not to take away your house.

Farmer: You're an ijit. *BLAM* *BLAM*

will you people calm down... (3, Insightful)

irving47 (73147) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556472)

He hasn't even DONE anything yet.

Hit me.

Re:will you people calm down... (1)

momerath2003 (606823) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556540)

will you people calm down...

On the contrary, he has just joined THE FORCES OF EVIL!!!!

Even worse, he's the new head-elect of it!

Re:will you people calm down... (0)

fussman (607784) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556589)

I'm your father. There is no evil. Calm down. Have a nice day and don't download mp3's.

Re:will you people calm down... (5, Funny)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556595)

Didn't he try to buy uranium from Nigeria?

Re:will you people calm down... (1)

Poeir (637508) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556619)

Maybe someone can convince him that there's a family in Nigeria, who desperately needs his help to get to their rightful fortune...

Re:will you people calm down... (1)

SeanTobin (138474) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556628)

Its always better to fight the devil you know.

Re:will you people calm down... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556635)

Yeah, you never know, he might actually support legalizing filesharing if profit isn't involved, and the reduction of copyright from lifetime+70 years to 50 years.

No. Actually he won't do any of those things. You can tell by his BS-spew about apple pie and property rights, and the fact he has NO MUSIC INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE, that this is going to be one painful ride.

Slam the fucker hard, slam him often. He ain't your friend, we don't like his type. PURE POLITICIAN.

Re:will you people calm down... (5, Funny)

ramzak2k (596734) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556670)

He hasn't even DONE anything yet.

And we are just practicing.

Wait a second... (4, Funny)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556473)

Bainwol said in a statement. "What could be more rewarding than helping to promote two great American traditions: music and property rights?"

Damnit... And all along I thought it was baseball and barbeques.

Re:Wait a second... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556669)

Bainwol said in a statement. "What could be more rewarding than helping to promote two great American traditions: music and property rights?"

He really meant exploitation of artists and monopolies.

Now I know who to vote for. (3, Insightful)

supz (77173) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556482)

I'm not a member or supporter of either major political party, but now I guess I should vote democrat, during this upcoming presidential election. That way maybe partisan politics will work to a benefit, and a democrat president will shoot down whatever laws the RIAA lobbyists try to create.

(Now that I mentioned politics, I'm readying for flame)

Re:Now I know who to vote for. (2, Interesting)

johnny0101 (617627) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556503)

no flames, but the DCMA was signed into law under Clinton. The only thing voting democrat will do in the next election is get Bainwol replaced with a democrat. Both parties like money... corporations are happy to give them truckloads of it in return for special attention

Re:Now I know who to vote for. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556648)

I hate the RIAA and copyright terorrism too, but copyright protection/enforcement/terrorism whatever you want to call it, is a bipartisan issue.

Hollywood heavily supports Dems financially (Hint: Senator Fritz "Disney" Hollings.. guess which party...yes..DEMOCRAT) and they pay them back with whatever legislation they need.

Sonny Bono is one of the few conservatives from Hollywood, he is an exception to the norm. The rest of the conservatives support copyright since they see it as a matter of principle of law and order.

- From a libtertarian

Here's to Mitch Bainwol.... (-1, Troll)

felonious (636719) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556483)

Sucking my dick!

Re:Here's to Mitch Bainwol.... (0, Offtopic)

felonious (636719) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556600)

This was an all out flame aimed towards the RIAA not anyone here you fucking idiot mods. Score this lower please:D

The Fat Lesbian Jewess is Gone! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556487)

The Fat Lesbian Jewess is Gone!

Email? (2, Funny)

wmspringer (569211) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556500)

So, is everyone going to email him and congratulate him on his new job? I'm sure he'd love to hear what slashdotters think he should do first..

Time to flee to Canada? (4, Funny)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556501)

Well, in the time honoured tradition, repressed citizens of the freedom loving USA, can still flee to Canada. Maybe, just maybe, claiming persecution by the evil RIAA, will get you refugee status.

If anything, it will probably get the Vietnam vets and slave traders to spin in their graves at 45rpm...

Re:Time to flee to Canada? (2, Funny)

Txiasaeia (581598) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556626)

... repressed citizens of the freedom loving USA, can still flee to Canada. Maybe, just maybe, claiming persecution by the evil RIAA, will get you refugee status...

Forget that. I think we're going to go with the time honoured American tradition of overreacting [canada.com] and turn you guys away at the border.

HOWEVER, if you come bearing A&W Sparkling Vanilla Cream Soda, I will greet you at the border myself.

Re:Time to flee to Canada? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556659)

You're much better off in the US. Even if you had 10 dubyas and 100 **AA's, it's still better than the PRIME CRETIN

More rewarding.... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556510)

What could be more rewarding than helping to promote two great American traditions: music and property rights?" Bainwol said in a statement.

What would be more rewarding that promoting music and property rights? Hmmmm tough one there.

How about the immense joy, convenience and satisfaction associated with obtaining music online? Heck, how about masturbation for that matter.

Influence abounds... (5, Insightful)

speedfreak_5 (546044) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556533)

"Although Bainwol has little experience inside the music industry, he brings deep connections to the Republican Party, something the RIAA has largely lacked under Rosen's leadership."

Hmm. Pre-paid senators...
Already I see there's gonna be some problems with this. Mainly the RIAA getting laws that people know aren't kosher passed. And possibly a little too much influence on some issues...

And before I forget:
"What could be more rewarding than helping to promote two great American traditions: music and property rights?"

When the F**K did property rights become a "great american tradition"?!?

Re:Influence abounds... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556581)

Hmm. Pre-paid senators...
Already I see there's gonna be some problems with this. Mainly the RIAA getting laws that people know aren't kosher passed.

Yeah. and do NOT let South FL Republicans count the lawsuits.

Re:Influence abounds... (1)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556690)

When the F**K did property rights become a "great american tradition"?!?



So I guess you don't care if I burn your house down, steal your car, or eat your food? After all, who cares about property rights?!

Big deal (2, Insightful)

mcc (14761) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556537)

The Worm That Eternally Devours Its Own Flesh has shed its skin and now has a new one. Big fucking deal. It's still the same worm. It's still evil, and it still wants to consume all that lives.

The only difference I can see this concievably making is that now the constant anti-RIAA snipes on slashdot will no longer be occationally seen to contain unhelpful sexist comments, now that the RIAA has a spokesman and not a spokeswoman. Other than that I do not imagine the quantity or nature of slashdot RIAA posts, nor the actions of the RIAA, will change one bit.

Maybe this will backfire... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556553)

Democrats have a major incentive to support radical copyright law, viz., Hollywood and trial lawyers, which, together with labor unions, comprise the greatest source of their campaign cash.

And what's good for Democrats is bad for Republicans, and vice versa. So maybe instead of seeing Mr. Bainwol pressuring Frist, you will see Frist pressuring Mr. Bainwol.

Or maybe everyone's a sellout.... We can always hope, right? At least he can't possibly be worse than Hillary Rosen.

who's paying who? (4, Interesting)

spamchang (302052) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556568)

aren't the democrats traditionally the ones who get big bucks from the entertainment industry? they had an almightily funded effort to ease off the MPAA ratings debate a while ago, and it was democrats getting their pockets padded. i'm pretty angry to see the republicans getting in with the recording industry, firstly because i vote republican, and secondly because i don't agree with the RIAA. all politicians are starting to suck. (i thought frist was a nice guy in person. hopefully this is not indicative of his true nature.)

From Obscurity to Infamy (1)

Cordath (581672) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556577)

It really is amazing how a few extra letters on your resume can gain you international scorn and hatred from people who don't even know if you wear a toupee or engage in kinky sex. It's sort of like changing your name to Lucifer B. Mephisto in 15th century Spain and then going to the arch-bishop's wine and cheese soirée.

Obligatory Python quote: "NOOOOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!!!"

Armageddon (3, Funny)

arvindn (542080) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556580)

I can't help getting the feeling that as the inevitable ganging together of the forces of evil accelerates, armageddon can't be far off.

Mod Post Down (-1, Offtopic)

tarquin_fim_bim (649994) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556584)

I was just going to mention that Internet Explorer is an abomination.
Go on you know you want to.
Bill pays $1 a shot to mod me down.
Go on, money money money.

Republican in the RIAA? (4, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556592)

Thank God I'm not sharing Midnight Oil or I could end up being 'liberated' in the head.

*knock, knock*

Hold on a sec....

Hey! What the..?! *PFhhT*

*thunk*

I FULLY SUPPORRT OUR NEW REPUBLIC KAN OVERLOARDS!!

More info needed. (1)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556599)

Home address, phone number, SSN, personal e-mail addresses. What can we do to make sure he has a welcome time trying to invade our p2p networks?

hack em (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556616)

hack those losers :-)

It could have been worse (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556634)

They could have picked a GAY NIGGER.

In other news . . . (2, Funny)

vegetablespork (575101) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556645)

. . . rumors from unnamed sources on the Hill are that the only MP3 file that will be able to be shared within the U.S. and its possesions [iana.org] without fear of prosecution by the Department of Homeland Security will be Horst Wessel Lied.

Everyone complains about Republicans (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556657)

but forgets about people like Senator Disney Hollings who is a Democrat.

Both parties deserve the bashing, but you're talking out of your ass if you think the Democrats are a safe haven from RIAA/Disney/et. al.

Re:Everyone complains about Republicans (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556662)

Republicans == Democrats. DMCA passed with full support on both sides of the aisle.

~~~

Re:Everyone complains about Republicans (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6556678)

Agreed, for the most part. I just wish the knee-jerk reactionaries on Slashdot would use their brain and see that neither party is going to support their values wholehartedly.

oooooooo new target! (1)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556664)

Pitchforks ready!

A bit of reasoning (2, Insightful)

TroyFoley (238708) | more than 10 years ago | (#6556688)

Follow me here...
Any good California law firm (as you know, we tend to have the most experience in such a field) will have hired one attorney into partnership for every State Supreme Court Justice, each attorney having previously been a different justice's clerk. After a while of typing all the J's decisions, they know what the Justice wants to read when going over correspondances and court pleadings.

This new head is entirely about the personal experience of working with the head of the senate majority leader, and less about being qualified to lead the RIAA into a rational future that isn't based on getting money through suing people, who by their definition aren't likely to be able to afford a good lawyer.
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