Ramblings of Silver Blue


17 Feb

The Real Reason I like EuroPop

The RIAA doesn’t have their grubby hands in it.

Since WHEN am I not free to rip my own CDs to put on my XClef or iPod?

According to the RIAA, it’s not Fair Use.

Excuse me here, while I scream.

I have purchased your piece of shit product for most of my life. I own certain albums on every format they were released on: 8Track, Cassette, Vinyl, MiniDisc (and I don’t even own a damn MiniDisc player!), and CD. That’s not enough?

Pardon me, but you need to go screw yourself. I purchased the product. What I choose to do with it, for my OWN personal use is my choice. Maybe if you quit putting out product from artists who can’t perform and if you quit pricing your crap at the $20 mark, while the artists receive almost nothing (see previous rants about this), I may change my mind, but I seriously doubt it.

No wonder you’re screaming now. After attempting to rebuff iTunes, et. al., as the “death knell” to the music industry, you’re now seeing how it’s a viable business model; the problem (in your greedy eyes) is that if people own the CD and rip it to MP3 to go on their iPod, then you’re not getting revenue from people purchasing the same product (YET AGAIN) in digital form. It’s the same farkin’ argument that you have against people selling Used CDs. Oh, artists aren’t getting royalties on the material.

Let’s be honest here. You’re not protecting the artists in the Used CD cases. You’re bitchy because you’re not getting an additional slice of the pie. You’re greedy little bastards and you should be spanked. Or better yet, caned.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Your own representative told the Supreme Court last year:

“The record companies, my clients, have said, for some time now, and it’s been on their website for some time now, that it’s perfectly lawful to take a CD that you’ve purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod.”

…so, does that mean that Mr. Verrilli lied under oath?

Found via Neil.

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