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What’s Wrong with the RIAA

Sound Is LifeI hate those who steal. Even more I hate corrupt enforcement that is worst then the criminals. The Recording Industry Association of America, know as the RIAA, is worst then those who steal music. Enforcing their rights on the music is a fair thing to do. But when you start suing innocent parents, who don’t know Koozo from Kaaza is wrong.

For starters the RIAA should create a universal DRM, sans root kits and spyware. They should create an API so that any media player, both software and physical can use Universal DRM. The system should work like FairPlay. One account stored on a central database. But the greedy RIAA, wouldn’t want to pay Apple royalties on it’s FairPlay patents.

How Universal DRM would work. When I rip a CD it is permanently registered as belonging to me. The CD would have a unique number, and that number is registered to my account when the ripping begins. Even if I make an exact copy of the CD, the unique number stays the same, so that no one else could rip the CD. The ripped tracks would also belong to my account so that only five, or X amount of devices are authorized to play that CD, copies of it, and the ripped tracks.

Since the software that controls authorization would be easily programmed in to media players, and devices like the iPod, and Zen, any company could add this functionality to their devices.

The RIAA is afraid artists will no longer use record companies. If they can sue the sh*t out of file sharing creators, then people will be afraid to create new ones. That makes it harder for independent artists, and for that fact movie makers to distribute their media. Then we’re back to the RIAA, and Motion Picture Association of America know as the MPAA controlling everything.

Since the American government is becoming more Marxist (minus the belief in the economic forms of Communism) it will make it easier for them to control the media. That’s one reason why the government gives so much backing to these institutions. When the little man can make news broadcasts, there will be no calling up CNN, and threating to remove their FCC license if they broadcast content the government wants secret. They could try to shut down the millions of sites, but that would be futile.

I’ve never stolen music, I pay for everything I listen to. No downloading from free sites, no shoplifting. Well I do download from free sites, like It has music that is free, as in price, and freedom. Some majors artists use the site like Fort Minor, but it’s mostly independent artists. A lot of the music is great, but much of the media is your typical Creative Commons licensed content.


Creative Commons – It’s a license (like those pesky EULAs you see when installing new software) but it grants certain rights, along with restrictions. For instance they’ve a license that allows the work to be copied as long as it is non-commercial, and attribution is giving to the author.

RIAA – The Recording Industry Association of America was created to standardize the equalization settings of record albums. Now they’ve expanded to copyright protection, and more importantly, protecting the monopoly of the three big record companies

MPAA – Similar to the RIAA except their jurisdiction is over films.


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