Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The RIAA Shows Its True Colours

From the moment they started their war against digital music—starting with their 1998 lawsuit against Diamond for creating the Rio MP3 player—the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has claimed that they are acting to protect artists, even if those artists may disagree.

But now the truth has come out. Last week Monday, the New York Times reported that, in an effort to shore up declining revenues, the music labels are now starting to demand a cut from concert tickets and t-shirt sales, two of the few areas in which artists have traditionally been able to earn income without the labels taking a hefty percentage. (Courtney Love does an excellent breakdown of how the industry works in this 2000 Salon article.) Five days after that article came this little tidbit, in which the RIAA has filed to reduce the royalties they pay out to music publishers and songwriters.

The RIAA can kiss my eMusic-subscribing, independent label-loving ass.

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