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RIAA Curses the Darkness

November 19, 2008

New Rockstar Philosophy

Just a heads up for all you University and College students: The RIAA has convinced Tennessee to filter computer networks for unauthorized music downloads at the states colleges and universities.

This piece of legislation once again shows the short sightedness and idiotic attitude of the Recording Industry. The cost to monitor file sharing is expected to run $9 million dollars a year. Instead of punishing customers, labels should invest that kind of money into finding a solution for their “problem.”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation writes:

It makes no sense to force universities to spend millions on technologies that will hobble innovation on campus while failing to stop file-sharing. Why not use those millions to compensate creators and copyright owners, and thereby make file-sharing legal, instead? Now, more than ever, the universities need to come forward with a collective licensing proposal that will protect their campus communities and their own bottom lines.

Here’s an old idea: Get the kids to pay for it! Instead of punishing students for downloading music the RIAA could use Tennessee as a test project. Have students pay $10 extra on their student fees and give them all of the music they want. Everyone makes money, everyone is happy, everyone gets to listen to great music!!!

It’s better to light a candle then to curse the darkness Mitch Bainwol.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2008 8:56 pm

    There was an interesting commentary and responses to this news on our blog. Josh Belville articulates a pretty easily alternative to spending millions of dollars in courts to fight a battle that has already been lost. Also, some interesting comments to the post: Viewing Piracy in a New Light

  2. November 20, 2008 5:28 pm

    Thanks for the interesting links Andrew. Josh def has a valid argument.

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