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Thursday, November 29, 2007

RIAA's purse strings clipped? Pretty please?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 12:58 PM

BAGeL Radio reports today that record label EMI is considering slashing funding for the RIAA, that mean old organization that sues grannies and college kids for downloading music illegally. I echo Ted's senitment that a loss of cash to fund fat cat attack dog lawyers can only be a good thing. See details below. -- Jennifer Maerz

"Ars Technica reports that EMI, one of the Big Four Labels, is considering cutting funding for recording industry trade groups -- including the RIAA.

The RIAA campaign of intimidation via lawsuits against file sharers has been a financial disaster and an even greater public relations disaster. This may be why EMI is considering reallocating the funds currently used by the RIAA to invade their customers' privacy, sue their target audience, sue dead members of their target audience, collude on price-fixing, and make false and/or misleading statements.

Via it's front group SoundExchange the RIAA is also responsible for the precarious place (financially and legally) webcasting is in right now thanks to the ridiculous Copyright Royalty Rate hike on internet radio earlier this year.

If EMI pulls funding it would stand to reason that the rest of the Big Four would follow suit. Could this mean the end, or at least the declawing, of the winner of the 2007 Worst Company In America award, The RIAA? I'm not getting my hopes up, but man does that thought make me smile."

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