Friday, August 22, 2003

Music Wars: Scene 13
In which the RIAA tries a Second Time Around
Late Monday, the Recording Industry Association of America (news - web sites), the Motion Picture Association of America, and the National Music Publishers' Association filed an appeal to a Los Angeles district court judge's decision. The court had ruled on April 25 that the operators of the Grokster and Morpheus peer-to-peer services couldn't know when users were trading copyrighted works.

As expected, the three groups have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson. They ask that the Grokster service and Morpheus operator StreamCast Networks be held responsible for copyright violations that occur on those P-to-P networks.
Myself wants to know if the RIAA has learned anything since the invention of the tape recorder. This is exactly the same thing. Video recorders as well. Even with examples of piracy in today's world the movie industry has not collapsed. I am hoping that music artists will, in the end get fed up with the RIAA alienating their fanbase, by telling them that they must get their music from only whom the RIAA says you can, threating thei fans with subpeonas, fines and will decide to cut the RIAA out entirely by recording their music and publishing it themselves. Because in reality everbody knows its the RIAA's pocketbook not the artist's that's being really hurt, and ultimately their very existance is in danger of becoming oblolete. And Methinks that is truly the reason for their agressive approach. The RIAA need to show that they are very much needed to defend all musicians, fighting for their rights, blah blah blah, when its becoming increasingly apparent that they must either adapt or go the way of the buggy whip.

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