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Moby on RIAA: “Suing Music Fans Not a Sustainable Business Model”

Moby on RIAA: “Suing Music Fans Not a Sustainable Business Model”

Slams the $1.92 million verdict against Jammie Thomas, even calling for the RIA to be disbanded.

Late last week we saw the closely watched retrial against accused file-sharer Jammie Thomas come to a close with the jury finding the suburban mother of two guilty and ordering her to pay some $1.92 million in damages.

Accused of illegally “making available” 24 songs in her KaZaA shared folder, the verdict comes out to a staggering $80,000 per song! It was immediately met with widespread criticism, many observing the fact that for each of the 24 songs you could purchase 80,000 more on iTunes.

Electonica wunderkind Moby added his voice to the discussion in a blog post on his site.

“Arg,” he groaned. “What utter nonsense.”

We can all agree on that one.

“This is how the record companies want to protect themselves? Suing suburban moms for listening to music? Charging $80,000 per song?”

In fact, the amount was so enormous that it didn’t serve as a warning to others as the RIAA hoped, or at least often claims. Instead the amount was seen as outlandish, bearing little semblance of the damage she alone could’ve been responsible for, and illustrated to the world just how desperate and out of touch the RIAA really is.

Moby argues this “sue-em all” strategy isn’t the way to go, that the record industry’s business model shouldn’t be based on fear and intimidation of file-sharing music fans. Considering that numerous studies have concluded that P2P actually increases music consumption, suing file-sharers has a particularly negative effect on music sales.

He furthers:

Punishing people for listening to music is exactly the wrong way to protect the music business. Maybe the record companies have adopted the ‘it’s better to be feared than respected’ approach to dealing with music fans. I don’t know, but ‘it’s better to be feared than respected’ doesn’t seem like such a sustainable business model when it comes to consumer choice. How about a new model of ‘it’s better to be loved for helping artists make good records and giving consumers great records at reasonable prices’?

The RIAA has spent more than 10yrs suing more than 35,000 people and has yet to reduce the number of file-sharers, or establish any meaningful, fear-based deterrence to the practice.

In short, by any measure lawsuits have failed miserably and only seem to punish people for simply wanting to listen to music, something many musicians are glad to have happen.

“I”m so sorry that any music fan anywhere is ever made to feel bad for making the effort to listen to music,” adds Moby.

Now to be fair he RIAA says it quit suing new file-sharers last September, but it continues to file NEW lawsuits so actions speaker louder than words.

Moby has an idea of what should happen to it.

“The RIAA needs to be disbanded.”

I agree.

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[Hat Tip]

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
D.AN
D.AN

Regarding the site traffic, I also find it strange that there is a lack of many commenters here.

PBN
PBN

King Brown you're a complete douche. Stop trying to be cool with your e-tard font "fucking".Anyway.RIAA is hilarious. They actually think a regular person is going to pay $1.92 million? What are they looking for? $2 a month? ROFL!! RIAA must be full of geriatric gray powered fossils, just like everything else in the world that is out of touch.

Boomer The Dog
Boomer The Dog

One reason for the drop off in comments, if any, is that people are simply in shock, and today there's been a general increase in cussing and useless spam posts in the comments to articles, and that could further turn off readers to posting anything insightful.I agree, the fine is so high that it's out of touch with reality.Does anyone think that Moby is looking like Brain from Pinky and the Brain?

PirateLover
PirateLover

steal on boys steal on , these morons can't hold back technology for much longer

David xin
David xin

Record companies want to protect themselves, then we the audience do? We went to what audience? Are we to perish?

King Brown
King Brown

In the words of Eminem, 'Moby! You can get fucked by Obie!'I love this site, what the fuck is with the dropoff in traffic to this site? Is it all the streaming sites, project free tv and shit? less people using torrents?I came here a couple years ago, great site, now there's like no comments on all the news stories, what the fuck is up with that?This is a great site, it should be followed heavily.... if not for any other reason than the brilliant tag line... 'if it's free it's for me'....And by fucking god it is for me.Until next time motherfuckers, keep stealing any bit or byte not bolted to the fucking floor.

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

The management was lacking in their efforts to bring quality news stories, the links were outdated and the site needed some fresh blood. Finally they fixed it this year and its starting to pick up again, even some of the old faces are coming back. So stick around a bit and you might see more and more visitors once again flocking to zeropaid.



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