Friday, February 06, 2004

The Gestapo arm of the RIAA, the MIPI, have stormed the offices of local companies of P2P software in an effort to collect information on these rogue businesses and their hand in facilitating copyright infringement through filesharing. These acronym-happy stormtroopers are trying to shut down music swapping in the Land Down Under using any and all legal tricks they have up their sleeves. The worst of which is the infamous Anton Pilar order, which may sound like another front for the Illuminati, but is actually an order which allows copyright holders to enter premises without warrants in order to seize supposed copyrighted material. All I can say is, thank God I live in America.

While this action may be seen as a victory in the eyes of the RIAA, one can only laugh when they consider that every Kylie Menogue single ever worth a crap is now all over the web. So are all the Silverchair singles. Men At Work may stand to profit minutely from this, but their songs are quickly approaching the horizon of public domain, and who really listens to those guys anymore anyway? I mean, except me. This just shows how desperate the record companies have got in their efforts to pull some added revenue from their intellectual properties. No doubt the new artists signed to these labels are incurring the expense for these legal maneuvers. It makes you wonder why a new band would want to sign with one of the Big Guys nowadays anyhow. I mean, they suck the very essence from your band until you have paid them back for advertising and tour expenses, now they are probably siphoning off of you to cover legal expenses too.

Let's hear it for independent labels, who absolutely love P2P fileswapping. It's free advertisement, and they have figured out early that if you put more good songs on a CD and spend some time on cover art, that the fans will buy it anyway. Sony Music could learn a lot from them.


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