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As a former practicing musician
Posted by BatNastard on May 14, 2007 at 16:07:35:
#1)I would KILL to have thousands of people downloading my songs.
#2)Last I checked, the artist gets next to nothing off the album -- their pay comes from ticket and t-shirt sales.
#3)Real stealing would be downloading the album, burning it, and selling it for a profit.
Is the RIAA right as far as the law and rules of business are concerned? Sure, they have exclusive copyright of a commodity that people want and have to protect it.
Are they morally "right"? Hell no. The only way they can make a profit is by having an utter stranglehold on the medium. They screw artists and fans alike and call it fair business; it's disgusting.
What I find most ironic is that the very virtues they lauded in digital (over analog) provide the disintegration of the aforementioned stranglehold.
"The Blues ain't about makin' yourself feel better; it's about makin' other people feel worse!" -- Bleedin' Gums Murphy