Podcasting and the Music Industry – Epic Empire

Podcasting is facing its first real challenge. Record Labels have gathered their army of lawyers and are preparing to unleash them on podcasters. The sunny world of podcasting will soon be covered by RIAA storm clouds.

The record labels are concerned listeners of podcasts will pirate the copyrighted songs featured in the radio shows. This is nothing new to an industry that has been worrying about privacy and music rights for 15 years. From cassette tapes to Napster, anything that creates doubt about revenue has the Music Industry bending over backwards to appease nervous shareholders. The almighty dollar trumps creativity once again.

And the spin already begins …

The Media have branded people that trim down podcasts, hackers. Simply editing down a recording will make you the biggest felon on the World Wide Web. So, if you listen to a song featured on a commercial podcast, you are stealing from the Music Industy and the “artists”. Every time a battle over piracy emerges, the record labels dangle the poor artists, who drive Maybachs and demand red carpet everywhere from pavement to bathroom floors (referring to mainstream artists).

Much more in the article.

We have vinyl records, cassette tapes, CDs, and even a bunch of 8-Track tapes that we have purchased over the years.

But I have not purchased anything from companies that are associated with the RIAA except a few years ago a couple CDs of Little Feat (as a gift for my sweetie). And that’s been since Napster was taken down. I have been boycotting them for years now except for the exception listed above.

In the last few years, I have only purchased from Indie artists.

I will not support the RIAA’s sue happy behavior.

They may have the right to do that, but I also have the right to not purchase from artists with RIAA affiliations.

(NOTE: I do not do any filesharing either as I have noted on many occasions.)

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