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The Dumbest Thing I’ve Read All Day

(via Daring Fireball)

The RIAA is the most evil organization perhaps in the history of the world. The Washington Post is reporting that the RIAA has filed a lawsuit against a man in Scottsdale, Arizona who had 2,000 songs on his personal computer.

Here’s the kicker…IT WAS LEGALLY PURCHASED MUSIC THAT HE MERELY COPIED TO HIS OWN COMPUTER. The RIAA must be stopped. If they could devote the same amount of energy they spend on tracking down these digital thieves to tracking down Osama bin Laden, don’t you think we’d be in better shape? I imagine that the unlimited resources of the RIAA could be put to really good use.

Stealing music is bad, m’kay? But let’s get serious for a second…does the industry really think that copying music to your computer is illegal? If there’s no intent to distribute, I don’t see where the issue is.

The government stepped in when baseball needed help with steroids (although they were about 3 years two late). Maybe someone in the government can lay the smackdown on the amazingly frivolous nature of these lawsuits.

Oh wait…the RIAA sends millions and millions of dollars to Washington every year to make sure that Congress passes legislation that protects corporations, not artists. So that won’t work.

A Comment on Music

Now, we all know that the RIAA and the music industry is pure unadulterated evil. Their continual persistence to put out crap while treating their artists like dirt and failing to fully embrace the digital music revolution has been well-documented and widely recognized.

But they don’t seem to learn.

I’m a huge Coldplay fan. I even stayed up way past my bed time on Saturday just to catch them on Saturday Night Live. One thing I discovered was that their new album is going to be rights-protected when it comes out, virtually making it extremely difficult to put your songs on your iPod. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. If you want to put the songs on your iPod, you can download the album from iTunes (pre-order available now), get a couple exclusive tracks and your music will be iPod-riffic.

Does it really have to be that difficult? Why can’t I purchase the CD like I want to and then rip it to my iPod? I just don’t understand why we have competing logic here! What is so difficult about this? iPods account for 70% of the mp3 player market, yet with CDs, we want to make sure you CAN’T USE YOUR IPOD.

It’s just another example of the industry being out of touch with the consumer.

Grammys

I thought that the “awards” show last night was actually pretty good… FOR A CONCERT. When did the Grammys stop being about the awards and start being about who they can get to perform. I mean, sure, it was cool to see Gwen Stefani, the Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5 and Franz Ferdinand performing on the same stage AT THE SAME TIME…

BUT

I really get irritated when people are walking down the red carpet and being informed by Joan Rivers or Star Jones or Suchin Pak or whoever that they won an award. That just doesn’t seem right.

However, there are too many awards…too many lifetime achievement awards. Everyone gets one. Watched the show with my wife and brother and right before Album of the Year, he says, “I bet Ray Charles wins…he died…he’s going to win.” I tried to argue with him, but I really couldn’t. It happened last year (is that when it was?) with Warren Zevon and I’m sure it will continue to happen in the future.

I also think that if you perform, you are guaranteed at least one award. I don’t think I saw anyone last night that didn’t win an award that performed. They hand out so many awards that even Britney Spears won an award. Don’t know why, but she did.

Don’t get me wrong…the performances were pretty cool. “Across the Universe” was interesting and the opening was one of the better openings I’ve seen, but I still don’t understand how the Grammy’s are judged. Maroon 5’s Songs about Jane came out on June 25, 2002 (no, that’s not a misprint…that’s according to Amazon.com). Yet last night, they won BEST NEW ARTIST.

Huh?

Then you have the pompous president of the RIAA up on his podium pimping whatsthedownload.com to the masses, like their Napster, subscription-based model is going to work…YEAH RIGHT. At least they pimped iTunes in between performances…that was smart, considering that more people download their legal music from the iTunes Music Store than ALL THE OTHER STORES COMBINED. iPods rule.

At least the Oscars are only 2 weeks away! Happy Valentine’s Day!