October 19, 2003

Music thieves strike again

I couldn't believe this article on RIAA crackdowns on music file sharing. Individuals from 12 to 71 are being sued for trading music on the Internet.

Though I haven't engaged in file sharing of music EVER, or plan on doing so, I find that the punishment for the music sharing junkies are a bit excessive. Many of them are losing their life savings on the lawsuits. On J.Lo!!! (ugh)

The music companies want to publicize their artists, they want to get their product "out there" and they do. Such a complex question of ethics in music. I don't really know much about the subject, but I couldn't believe the punishment for the crimes committed.

I guess now they have to go after individuals. Napster is gone...all that remains are the faces behind the music. Hey! I just combined two VH1 shows!! Fun. Fun.

Comment please. I hope to learn more about this subject.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at October 19, 2003 9:38 PM

Amanda, you bring up a topic that is near and dear to the hearts (and wallets) of many college students.

As it happens, Napster re-launched recently as a paid service -- or more accurately, people who bought the rights to Napster's brand name are offering that service.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 19, 2003 9:54 PM

OOOOOO. Napster is back? Hmmmmm. Where have I been? That's right I never used Napster. Ignorant me. :-):-(
Cool. So does this "service" offer lower rates than in the stores? Maybe I'll do a bit of searching...

Posted by: Amanda at October 19, 2003 10:53 PM

I like your topic for the blog. Mainly because I do not like pepole who steal music any kind of music no matter what kind it is. The fact is that the musical artist is working hard every day of the week and all around the year to give us the pepole the buyers of the cd. A good quality cd to listen to and pepole want to just burn it off the internet. For some of these artist it is thier life they are talking about for other's it is just for the love of the music, but at least we can do as the consummer's buying the cd is pay the sixteen dollars.

Posted by: Scott Conroy at October 20, 2003 9:07 AM

*tearfully* I. I admit it. I've done a bit of music sharing in my day. I'm not proud of it, but...*chokes, then with growing fury* but, I'd do it again if I could.

*giggle* sorry, I couldn't resist that one.

Amanda, dear, it's an offense (in my opinion) when people take the music from the internet and burn it to CDs and SELL the CDs. If I want it for my personal use, what's the problem? (Don't worry, I know very well what the problem is. J-Lo will be forced to live in an 8 bedroom house with 4 full-bathrooms because she couldn't afford the one with 10 bedrooms and 6 full-bathrooms--all because of the rampant sharing of music files on the internet. I realize this is the problem.)

Posted by: Karissa at October 20, 2003 2:17 PM

That is the thing, Karissa. Individuals are downloading off the Internet, and they are listening to it at home, and are being fined over $12,000.

At least that is my understanding of the article...

Posted by: Amanda at October 20, 2003 4:33 PM

How come they are only punishing people between the ages of 12-71? What about those old senior citizens at the age of 90 sitting in their desk chairs downloading the new Beyonce hit? I think its extremely over drawn out... how much more money do these singers need? Ahh Britney Spears is worth 50 million dollars, I guess that isn't enough money for her. Go out and spend $100,000 at Gucci some more chica while people are homeless on the streets. (Referring to VH1's show called, Fabulous Lifestyle of... Britney Spears).

Tell you the honest truth, I admit it, I download songs everyday. But in turn, I usually end up buying the $13.99 cd at Best Buy during that same week. By downloading music, you get a quick peek or sample at a cd and how it is. I don't feel like purchasing a cd for the price they are just to listen to one song on it if it ends up being a terrible cd.

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at October 22, 2003 9:08 AM

hahahaha! senior citizens jamming to the new Beyonce hit. That almost knocked me out of my chair.

oh, that's a good one. ;)

Posted by: Karissa at October 22, 2003 9:46 AM

You guys are so great. I can't help laughing at the idea of Beyonce(who thinks she can shake her booty, and influence kids, and still believes that it is entertainment only with not reprecussions--another blog about that someday) and the old man.

Karissa do you fall out of that chair often? hehehe. I know I do.

Oh, and to Stefanie, I think that these rules and punishments are being employed to help the music companies that are experiencing decline in revenues--no matter how many Spears superstars they have.

The music business is crying for help, but do they really need it? I don't know.

Maybe they should lower the prices of CDs and try different marketing tactics.

What a paradox! They want to market their product, but they don't want to overadvertise and give their entire product. hmmmm.

Posted by: Amanda at October 22, 2003 12:12 PM

fall out of chairs? no. That would imply that I'm clumsy--I said that the Beyonce and old man thing "nearly knocked me out of my chair." Big difference ;)

Posted by: Karissa at October 23, 2003 2:54 PM

I think music downloading is fine as long as ur not selling the music and only listening to it for your personal use... and I feel that the singers aren't the only ones getting screwed over. I believe tons of regular people get screwed everytime they buy a cd... 20.00 for a cd is a bit steep and 15.00 isn't much better. It doesn't take that much money to create one cd the singers and the producers of the cds make a nice hefty profit. I've boughten blank cds and I know they are cheap to produce. I also realize the case and lil booklet with the cd adds cost to production, but 20.00 is still too much. Do the singers care?? Nope... Sure that is how they make a living, but some of us who work much harder and make a whole lot less have a hard time buying all the cd's they want. So do I care about the singers... NOPE! Because I know the singers are making money still and are able to buy all the necessary items needed, plus some of these singers seem to have way to much money on their hands. Sure I love their music, but I doubt they care weather I am dirt poor (so I could care less about them) just as long as they get their money for thier cd's. This is all they seem to care about. I know it isn't fair to them, but its not fair to person who wants their music to have to pay $20.00 for a cd that will most likely be stolen, lost or ruined.
Also I believe it is even illegal to rip music from a cd u bought... Sooo what u either have to trudge all ur cd's with u or do without music on ur computer... Now that is definetly not fair.

Posted by: mary at August 10, 2004 1:05 AM
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