A Sinking Ship: The Music Industry

Once in a while, we here at the Daily Awesome have mentioned the RIAA or MPAA and their inability to find an appropriate party to point their fingers toward (because apparently they don't have mirrors). So we end up with grandma's sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars for downloading music... when they don't even own a computer.

How did we get to this point? Why is the music industry choking on its own bile as it desperately tries to climb up the greasy slide back toward the top?

95% of young people share music without permission from copyright holders

RIAA "sue our customers" strategy not working:

More than half of young people copy the songs on their hard drives to friends and even more swap CD copies, according to research that reveals the huge challenge home copying poses to a music industry already battling internet file-sharing.

Overall, 95% of the 1,158 people surveyed had engaged in some form of copying, including taking the music contents of a friend's hard drive - 58% - and the more old-fashioned method of recording from the radio.

It is patently obvious to everyone but the copyright nazis at RIAA companies that abusing the legal system and trying to control how other people listen and share music won't work. After all, sharing and enjoying music has been a part of human culture since the beginning of civilization. But, alas, this is lost on the copyright nazis - who apparently believe that no one ever made music until some douche lawyer came up with the idea of copyrighting jingles and began extracting money from consumers by controlling how they listen:

"Ultimately it has to get better ... At some point musicians and songwriters have to make enough money out of it otherwise they stop doing it," he said.

Yes, surely if the benevolent RIAA lawyers were not there to sue us, no one would ever make music of any kind ever again.


Copyright tyrants attack YouTube, Myspace

Universal Music is now attacking YouTube and MySpace for being "copyright infringers." From the article:

"We believe these new businesses are copyright infringers and owe us tens of millions of dollars," Morris told investors Wednesday at a conference in Pasadena. "They're getting frustrated with how the negotiations are going," said Rob Enderle, an analyst with the Enderle Group.

"To drive the negotiations in the directions they want, they're starting to make it clear there are legal alternatives for not complying with what Universal wants done," he said

Finally, those filthy teenager music pirates will be brought to justice for uploading videos of themselves lip sinking to Britney Spears. Have they no shame?