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posted by LaminatorX on Friday March 14 2014, @01:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the blather-rinse-repeat dept.

Fluffeh writes:

"In a written statement to a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the DMCA takedown system, RIAA CEO Cary Sherman informed lawmakers about the ongoing struggle against online piracy. 'All those links to infringing music files that were automatically repopulated by each pirate site after today's takedown will be re-indexed and appear in search results tomorrow. Every day we have to send new notices to take down the very same links to illegal content we took down the day before. It's like Groundhog Day for takedowns,' Sherman says.

Google, however, clearly disagrees with the RIAA, Katherine Oyama, Google's Senior Copyright Policy Counsel said 'The best way to battle piracy is with better, more convenient, legitimate alternatives to piracy, as services ranging from Netflix to Spotify to iTunes have demonstrated. The right combination of price, convenience, and inventory will do far more to reduce piracy than enforcement can.'"

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Thexalon on Friday March 14 2014, @03:13PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Friday March 14 2014, @03:13PM (#16426)

    A buddy of mine worked in the music industry for a while as a band manager. He described it this way:
    "The recording company execs screw the label execs. The label execs screw the signing agents. The signing agents screw the band managers. The band managers screw the musicians. It's one giant line of people all screwing each other, except for the musicians, who just get screwed."

    If you're good enough to make it as a musician, do everything you can to avoid signing a recording contract. That advance is never worth what it appears to be, and you're basically making yourself an indentured servant for the rest of your life. This bit [salon.com] is very revealing, and still quite true.

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  • (Score: 2) by wantkitteh on Friday March 14 2014, @03:26PM

    by wantkitteh (3362) on Friday March 14 2014, @03:26PM (#16438) Homepage Journal

    The result of this gangbang is tracks like this my MC Front-a-lot: (Fairly SFW IIRC)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7ihtm8zCss [youtube.com]

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by M. Baranczak on Friday March 14 2014, @03:44PM

    by M. Baranczak (1673) on Friday March 14 2014, @03:44PM (#16458)

    Steve Albini, on the same subject:

    http://www.negativland.com/news/?page_id=17 [negativland.com]

  • (Score: 2) by everdred on Friday March 14 2014, @04:40PM

    by everdred (110) on Friday March 14 2014, @04:40PM (#16496) Journal

    > It's one giant line of people all screwing each other, except for the musicians, who just get screwed.

    And they screw groupies, so they're happy.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by isostatic on Friday March 14 2014, @06:29PM

    by isostatic (365) on Friday March 14 2014, @06:29PM (#16555) Journal

    A buddy of mine worked in the music industry for a while as a band manager. He described it this way:
    "The recording company execs screw the label execs. The label execs screw the signing agents. The signing agents screw the band managers. The band managers screw the musicians. It's one giant line of people all screwing each other, except for the musicians, who just get screwed."

    I thought the musicians screwed the groupies

    • (Score: 1) by paulej72 on Friday March 14 2014, @06:58PM

      by paulej72 (58) on Friday March 14 2014, @06:58PM (#16569) Journal

      I thought the musicians screwed the groupies

      Unfortunately that was for fun not profit

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  • (Score: 1) by paddym on Saturday March 15 2014, @12:02AM

    by paddym (196) on Saturday March 15 2014, @12:02AM (#16694)

    What I can't understand, is why aren't their hundreds of competitors rising up and competing to be the labels for new musicians? It would seem like any label willing to undercut and put musicians ahead of the bottom line would soon be the king of the hill.