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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: 2, Interesting) by krishnoid on Friday March 14 2014, @06:12PM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Friday March 14 2014, @06:12PM (#16544)

    The whole music production chain seems to now be in the hands of the musicians themselves:

    • Innate talent, conception of song -- it's all you, dog
    • Ability to learn music -- online lessons and ways to find courses
    • Ability to buy instruments -- ebay and online reviews
    • Ability to get a group together -- craigslist and specialty sites
    • Practice, practice, practice -- ebay for tuning and practice feedback
    • Listening to music -- google for finding get-togethers and concerts
    • Meeting other musicians -- meetup.com for scheduling conferences
    • Practice, practice, practice -- videoconferencing for group practice
    • Recording tracks -- reason (?), pro tools (?), others
    • Consolidating recorded tracks for mixing -- dropbox
    • Mixing and mastering tracks -- software readily available under $500
    • Rendering to output format -- built in to software
    • Marketing -- <== RIAA goes here
    • Appearance of being the music everybody else is listening to (popularity) -- <== RIAA goes here
    • Distribution -- itunes, amazon, bandcamp, youtube
    • Concerts -- I think you can coordinate with smaller venues directly; I know of one artist who performs 'live' in Second Life

    I would think a musician could find individuals to help with the parts of this that they don't want to do.

    If an individual wants to find good music in any genre and are willing to go on a forum, ask a few friends, and search on google, where does the RIAA have to be part of any of this process?

    Other than marketing, which now puts the artist and song in your face instead of having you spend some time over a single weekend to find your own sources for music you like, does anyone need anything from them anymore, if what you're interested in is the actual music and not the belief that you're listening to what everyone else is listening to -- which I'm not discounting, just considering as another factor in their continued relevance?

    If you consider it another way, if Google said they could absolutely guarantee compliance by stripping out all references to RIAA-signed music from their search results, and did so for a couple months so people could find other sources for music and go directly to the artists they were interested in, would that finally relegate the RIAA to second-class status?

    P.S. I was making this argument to my friends before a Cyndi Lauper concert recently, and between songs during the concert, she actually reiterated my argument, describing how music can now be produced in 'yeh bedroom' with Pro Tools.

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  • (Score: 1) by krishnoid on Friday March 14 2014, @06:26PM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Friday March 14 2014, @06:26PM (#16550)

    Sorry, forgot a few, mentioning them for completeness:

    • Physical media -- burned bulk blank-face through glass-master and multi-color printed CD/DVDs with jewelbox cases and inserts directly available from manufacturers
    • Posters -- Kinko's and many others
    • Artwork -- deviantart, others for art commissions
    • Practice, practice, practice -- ebay, amazon for tuning and practice feedback equipment and reviews, forums, yelp for coaches
    • Fan communication -- facebook, twitter, myspace (?)
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15 2014, @03:26AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15 2014, @03:26AM (#16735)

    Missing something?

    Marketing == RIAA / Youtube
    Appearance of being the music everybody else is listening to (popularity) == RIAA / Youtube

    Look at the porn industry. There are now several sites anyone can visit to get free decent porn with enough variety to keep you going for ages. On a page with tantalising links to much better porn at cheap rates. It works. While doing tech support for a small site the numbers are staggering. Yes, lots of people leech from the free site and hey lots of people go to the paid sites. Win / Win. Come on RIAA, here is your business model - it works!

    if Google said they could absolutely guarantee compliance by stripping out all references to RIAA-signed music from their search results, and did so for a couple months so people could find other sources for music and go directly to the artists they were interested in, would that finally relegate the RIAA to second-class status?

    In this day and age they probably would see a loss in sales as the younguns fail to find the music of the week