One of the main reasons I despise this group (and the willingness of the federal government to act as their private enforcers) is that I know how many artists have been screwed out of their copyrights and the money that goes with them.

This is like a bigtime Mafia chieftain complaining that a low-level crook is taking all his money.

If the RIAA (and the movie industry) are really all about protecting the artists, I suggest those industries adopt standard accounting practices, so artists know exactly how much they’ve earned. Because right now, they can’t — not without a subpoena.

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  1. You are totally right. The RIAA is really about helping the lawyers get paid with suing people left and right with “piracy” cases. Music should be about the art, not about the business side (how many copies of the album were sold, how many awards the artist won, etc.). That is why I support indie artists, who get 80 percent of what I spend for a CD or an album of songs that I can download via iTunes or Amazon mp3. With an artist from a big record label, like Sony/BMG, the artist gets much less than 80 percent of a 99 cent song or 9.90 album. And with each new generation of kids that have experienced file sharing networks such as Napster, Kazaa, Bittorent to technological gadgets such as the iPod and the iPhone to streaming radio sites as Pandora and last.fm, it is getting to get to a point where they are going to expect that music should be free and not paid for.

    I really believe that in 5-10 years, the music industry, as we know it, will perish. What will arise from the ashes will be various models, like what Radiohead did a few years with the “pay what you think its worth” idea. Or what Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails does with providing specific packages, where you can just buy the album for cheap or pay more to get the album, DVD, and even the separate music tracks for each of the songs (guitar, bass, drums, etc.). I also believe that the FM radio stations that play music are slowly dying to the point where you just can’t listen to what is being played anymore.

    I am glad people are concerned about this. The artists should own the music, not the record labels. So, if someone downloads “illegally” a song, the artist should decide whether to make it a bid deal or not. Besides, it is getting to point where if nothing is done about it in Congress, there will have to be “piracy insurance” to protect against people being sued by the RIAA.

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