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Subject: Re: RIAA+SCMS (was:FM Recorder owner - 3% Rockbox content)

Re: RIAA+SCMS (was:FM Recorder owner - 3% Rockbox content)

From: Mike Payson <>
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 17:00:31 -0800

> OK, I completely agree with everything that Justin has said here. However,
> because I dig the Equal Time concept, has anyone done any analysis of how
> much income the "artists" represented by RIAA have actually lost due to
> piracy? I'm talking about straightforward cases here like, "Due to digital
> piracy, artist MadonnaShakiraSpears lost 35 squidjillion dollars."

Courtnet Love, of all people, does a great breakdown of what an artist
actually makes for each copy of an album sold, and the actual costs of piracy
to the artist (as opposed to the RIAA & it's members). Her conclusion? The
RIAA are the real pirates. Outstanding article. She even quotes Neal

> Also, I wonder, how much have the "open-ness" of formats like .mp*, etc.
> have helped artists on smaller labels? I'm talking about very
> straightforward cases here like, "Because we sell our music over the
> internet, we've been able to establish an international fan base, and make
> enough money to keep us out of the poorhouse?" Does anyone know if there
> are any studies of this sort of thing?

Not a study, but I can tell you I've purchased numerous albums based on mp3's.
Living in Seattle, I'm blessed with one of the world's best radio stations
(KEXP-- Check them out their live streams at The station
plays probably the most eclectic mix of music around (rock, punk, country,
hip-hop, world, folk, blues, etc., and only the best of each genre). The only
problem is that they play about 5 or 10 songs in a row, and only then tell
you what you've heard. This has the rather annoying consequence of having
songs you love without really knowing who did it, and having artists who you
-think- you like, but you don't really know since you're never quite sure
which songs they do. Napster let me do a quick search on the artist or song,
& download more music by the same artist. While Napster was in business I
probably bought 20+ cd's based largely on Napster downloads.

On that subject, does anyone know a good p2p service that supports Linux?

> Just curious-- sorry about the off-topic content.
> -Doc
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Received on 2002-12-20

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