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Brainwashed Urges Students to Ignore RIAA Threats

This week the RIAA sent out hundreds of letters to colleges and universities across the USA saying their students can "settle" with the RIAA or face a lawsuit (Reuters).  Brainwashed, in turn, urges colleges and universities and their students to ignore such absurd scare tactics. 

First take a look at what the RIAA really is:  it's a trade organization run by lawyers to represent four corporations who operate in the USA.  THAT'S IT!  It does not represent the bulk of the music that is being produced worldwide, nor should it have as much influence over laws as it does. At one time it was six companies and it will become three as soon as EMI, already practically on life support, finally kicks the bucket (UPI).

Now, consider this, as explained in The RIAA vs. John Doe (Digital Music Weblog), there is no way for the RIAA to prove their case in any court with the evidence that they can collect.

So the question emerges: "what the hell are they trying to do here?" Possible answers are "it's a publicity stunt to get more people investing in their junk stocks" (see EMI Shares Tumble, AP); "it's yet another scare tactic" (ex: Grokster); or possibly they are finally ready to put themselves completely out of business. (Allegedly major label sales plummited 23 percent from 2003 so it won't be long till there's no major labels at this rate.)

The music industry will continue and the RIAA will be dead before long: judges are throwing out lawsuits, forcing the RIAA to pay wrongfully accused defendant's legal fees, and even the government is tired of this bullshit and trying to pass a new Fair Use Bill, (Wired). This all costs loads of money they simply no longer have.

So, college students, and everybody else reading this: download away. Downloading isn't illegal (The Guardian). Sharing without permission might be, so we won't recommend doing that! We'll leave that to the big media corporations like Rolling Stone, Spin, or Pitchfork who are known to be the ones who leak the albums months before they are released, but you know no RIAA lawsuit has been filed yet on their precious, precious press. 

Review of the Day

boyd rice presents "music for pussycats"
Time will forget music. Much of it. Oldies radio stations are a perfect example. On most of those channels, you'll find James Brown reduced to only one hit, "I Got You (I Feel Good)." You'll never hear "Funky President," "Mother Popcorn," or "It's a Mans Mans Mans World." The same can be said for a number of artists who might have never reached number one. Right now it can be observed with music from the 1980s, as we're reminded constantly of "Come on Eileen" but never Dexy's Midnight Runner's second single. While Boyd Rice understands that he can't change the world, he sure as hell knows how to put up a fight. Twelve of his favorite forgotten girl group songs have been presented here, none of which you have probably ever heard of. While the sound quality is obviously shoddily reproduced from the old 45s, it sure is refreshing to hear some really fun girl group songs that haven't been played to death. It's almost like getting one of the Nuggets collections or the amazing 5xCD set called "Box of Trash", and uncovering a world stifled by corporate decisions to trim playlists and limit history. If anything Boyd Rice can be commended for, it's his astonishing ability to make people question their surroundings and get them thinking. "Music for Pussycats" frighteningly gives me more confidence that over time, much of the music we love and write about here on Brainwashed will be erased from civilization.



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