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    Quote Originally Posted by kane2g
    hence is more like the theatre owner not caring if everyone brings in a camera and records the movie. hes not distributing anything, but yet not doing anything to stop it either.
    firstly that is illegal...try taking your camera next time you go to a theatre to watch a movie.
    secondly...that was a bad/weak analogy too :laugh:
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    Well, here's my point of view. Eventually the RIAA will be forced out of business, and not replaced by MP3, or pirates, or anything, but by simply being corrupt. Charging 12-22$ for CD's and then paying the artists 8.5 CENTS NATION WIDE (average-this is a FACT in the US) is a HORRIBLY corrupt system.

    They will fail, simply because of their corrupt business model, and thanks to the internet. Bands will realize they don't NEED a record label, and then a whole chain of events will happen, because as soon as RIAA doesn't exist, then RADIO stations will not have their backs against the wall as far as what they are forced to play. They will have their own free-will to play ANYTHING, because remember, RADIO stations make money on Advertising, and the more listeners they have the more MONEY they can make. So stations will have one hour or two hour a day segments where people request songs from UNKNOWN bands, the Station will jump on Kazaa, download the song, and play it. And in this fasion democratically select the future artists. Because if you hear the next Jimi Hendrix, you are gonna damn well request him again and tell your friends.

    Having gained this popularity these artists will sell their CD's through websites who will exists SOLELY to resell CD's to the public. CD's will cost 2-4$ shipped to your door depending on the artist's popularity status at the moment. Here is an audit of what that money will go towards.

    20 cents = Website's cut
    80 cents = shipping
    5-30 cents = cost of CD production (depending on how many CD's are being made)
    Rest = artist profit (this will pay for the expenses of recording the CD, and all the other misc expenses, tax, etc.)

    ALL of these artists will realize that MP3 is positively effecting their careers, and people will still buy CD's because who doesn't like supporting their favorite groups, not to mention getting somethig 'physical' to touch.

    So what can you do in the mean time, until the RIAA goes bankrupt? You need to boycott them. THE RIAA is a parasite stifleing the music industry. Lets face it, some SIMON sitting behind a desk making and breaking bands all day isn't choosing music he thinks is GOOD, he's picking music he THINK will SELL. Not only is he OFTEN wrong, but he is CONSTANTLY rejecting bands who he THINKS are 'too unique' or 'too different'

    Willie Nelson was rejected by music labels for nearly 30 years, because they thought his singing style was just to damn weird to ever sell. But when he finally got fed up, he went back to Texas and started performing live, and in NO TIME he was selling out EVERYTHING. Then everyone wanted to sign him. And don't miss my point, because it doesn't matter if you don't like Willie. THIS IS HAPPENING ALL THE TIME to bands who 'sound too unique' or whatever. Willie was lucky that he had the means and the extraordinary skill to be successful with NO OTHER publicity than word of mouth.

    Record Labels are Dictatorships who decide WHO gets a chance based on WHAT they THINK will SELL. Is that how YOU want your music selected??? And the music labels have a monopoly because they are in control of Nearly ALL radio stations. Which means, right now, arists NEED a label to be heard on the radio, and therefore, become popular.

    So, boycott buying CDs today, and usher out the stone age, and help music into the most DIVERSE and HIGHEST quality age it will ever see. Convince your friends to do the same.

    By the same token, support your favorite bands through concerts, (the only place they make any real money today) and buy T-SHIRTS, not CD's.
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    [b]because as soon as RIAA doesn't exist, then RADIO stations will not have their backs against the wall as far as what they are forced to play. They will have their own free-will to play ANYTHING,
    the FCC has more to say about what can get played on the air than the RIAA. the FCC can take radio staions off the air for playing 'anything'

    the FCC is what sets the standards for what can be played on air, not the RIAA
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    Ok, we're talking two different things. The FCC controls 'appropriatness'

    The RIAA has an extensive liscensing system which forces radio stations to play the 'new' stuff with certain levels of frequency.

    And by ANYTHING i mean, any music, no matter whether they are backed by a label or not. I'm not talking about obscene music or anything questionable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kane2g
    To be honest, I really dont care as to what they are planning to do, as they will have as much success as every1 else. Pirates will find a way to screw them.
    i guess they are already on it :devil win

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    With the record industry preparing to sue its customers -- at least those who download without paying -- now comes the next step: file-sharing services that promise to keep users anonymous.
    Recording Industry Association of America officials say they can find any song swapper on services such as Kazaa and Grokster using simple tracking software. But new services such as Earth Station 5 and eDonkey2000 say they can protect the identity of their users. And established file-sharing services say they will adapt to protect their customers.
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