Monday, October 08, 2007

Jamie Thomas appeals RIAA (Capital Records v Jammie Thomas) decision,

I am no fan of RIAA nor MPAA. Thanks to RIAA, I have stopped buying music about 5 years ago. Just my principal. I have never downloaded nor shared a song. More over I do not even lend CD's or DVD's I have. Not because of the love to anyone but because I want to keep playable unscratched of my collection. I think my CD collection, before I stopped buying, amounts to about 300 CD's. I also buy DVD's of Movies I like and Love. (I have stopped that now awaiting my decision on HD DVD or Bluray I might be buying both as, I have looked at dual versions of HD players.) but here is a tip, wait a month or two, you can get a DVD for prices ranging from $4:50-9:00) which is the range I pay for movies.
What RIAA helped me to in music is to appreciate Classical music. I have learned to listened to classical music more than before and I will set off in finding Non-RIAA music. Perhaps it is time to make a list of music publishers that are non-RIAA. So that people can prove that they still like to buy music but not give into the heavy handedness of likes of RIAA.
I do not condone illegal downloading of music, nor the half truths that I hear RIAA presenting to courts and uneducated Juries.
Jamie Thomas may or may not have broken laws but charging $220000 for 24 songs is a crime. The Judge must be a moron too (in my eyes) to allow such things to pass through. These type of heavy handedness further makes it to worth while to look for those independent publishers. As people get educated, even morons can learn if facts were presented properly.
Jamie Thomas has said that she is appealing the jury decision and have setup a website and has a youtube video, her intension is to get donations if that is what you think that you should do. She also posts information on her myspace page.

1 comment:

Vincent said...

Well, I feel that Jamie Thomas, the poor mother of two (a mother of two has to be harmless) is getting some of what she deserves. Yes, it is nightmarish to think that operations conducted in one's seemingly private life are actually quite public on the Internet - and there lies the whole problem.

The Internet comes into our bedrooms and kitchens and living rooms - how private - yet it enables one to deal with the entire world.

It IS scary that it seems Big Brother and Big Business are indeed watching us. But, stealing is stealing.

There are WAY too many concepts of property and copyright and the music industry that are swimming in people's minds right now.

People are confused by free goods and loss leaders and such and can't quite understand how or why people need to make money from music anyway.

The Public can't really understand all the hands that go into a single release.

And, of course, the Public, like everyone else, loves free goods.

So, we really have a case of technology being unleashed on a Public that is not educated enough to learn how to use it responsibly.

It's kind of like owning a gun. It does exist and it can kill people, but, it's wise not to use it to willy-nilly go out and kill people just because the gun exists and you own one.

Same thing with the Internet and Digital technology - it exists - but - it's not wise to do everything that it enables you to do. Responsibility and restraint are needed.

Yes, Jamie Thomas has been made into a kind of lesson for the Public. The RIAA ain't foolin' around.

It is odd, though, that records have been around for many many years and no one had a problem with record companies, until there existed a way of distributing their goods for free.

I guess we would find a problem with wheat farmers if we could find a way of distributing their goods for free as well.

Property is property. Whether it's contained in little bubbles or digitized into ones and zeros, it's still property.

Our business and ethics models have been based on the idea of work producing value and property for too long for us to consider anything else at this point.

Yes, the RIAA is a big faceless entity, but, they represent not only artists, but, those many artisans and crafts people who are needed to create a musical product.

Effortless as it may seem - there are many hands involved in every musical release today and each of those hands deserves some kind of consideration for their contributions.