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Memo to the RIAA: Don't Screw This One Up Too..

By - June 15, 2006

RiaadumbAccording to this report, which is light on confirming details, the RIAA is considering action against the YouTubes of the world, because there are so many videos of kids hamming it up to songs where rights have not been cleared. Like this one, for example, on Google Video.

Good f’ing lord, RIAA. Wake up. This is how we use music in the real world. Get over yourselves.

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6 thoughts on “Memo to the RIAA: Don't Screw This One Up Too..

  1. Sean Garrett says:

    As we note on our blog, our guess is that this all stems from a Saturday WSJ piece that notes that, in a recent meeting, the labels expressed reservation and worry about the use of unlicensed music in all forms of online video content.

    The story indicated the RIAA may go after the lip-synchers but had not made a determination to do so yet.

    Yes, it would be incredibly unfortunate if the RIAA (and/or the publishers) took on 12-year-olds singing their favorite songs.

  2. New Median says:

    The RIAA shutdown of videos seems spotty at best. As a test, I searched for Nelly Furtado’s new video “Promiscuous” – copies of which were viewable at 2 or 3 PM (and had been up for a week or so), but were taken down by 9 PM yesterday. Videos of people lipsynching/dancing/spoofing the song were still up. At this point, crackdowns seem to come in waves – it’d be interesting to see what criteria the RIAA/YouTube use to pull a video of a popular song. Perhaps the number of hits tips them off.

  3. Well, I don’t know about you, but my “playlists” are just bookmark folders filled with the Google Video lip-syncing clips for my favorite songs.

    Here’s a random idea: Upload the same song (or music video, or whatever) to a site multiple times, giving each file a reduced bitrate until it’s completely unrecognizable. Which ones will the RIAA bother to have taken down? Is there a quality threshold when it doesn’t matter anymore?

    This could raise some more questions – since any song will degrade into the same squealing noise as bitrate decreases, how will anyone be able to judge what the true source was?

  4. andy chris says:

    I sometimes visit your blog and read articles.
    Recently I checked CNET and found ‘Windows P2P Extension Pack’.
    After the installation, walla! NOW YOUR Windows Explorer is your file sharing application!,
    What else would you need more?
    No registration, No log on, No spyware, bundle whatever the headache NO MORE!
    This program gives pure file sharing experience!
    This is the future of P2P application for Windows users!
    This type of p2p program will apprear more and more and eventually RIAA will surrender sooner or later…

  5. crevans77 says:

    Let’s be fair about this. The music industry loses almost $5721 Billion a week in lost revenues to people singing along to their music without paying.

    These kinds of losses can’t be sustained 🙂

  6. No business can take those losses for long. They had to see this coming when they decided to go to digital format though. I don’t feel bad considering what record companies have done to bands in the past with their crap record deals.