Aw Shucks: Idiotic Jury Awards RIAA $222,000 for 24 Pirated Songs – Gizmodo
in the case we recently told you about, Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas, the jury found in favor of the RIAA, awarding $222,000 worth of damages.
Click on above link and check out the comments. You will find a lot of funny, sad and utterly moronic statements. Yes, the amount is crazy, but so was paying $600,000 to somebody who scalded themselves with hot coffee. What is shocking is that both sides are so unreasonable, the RIAA and some of the public.
Here is one comment I want to respond to, because I think a lot of people do not know this:
I completely agree… If actually owned the music, then you should be able to give it away.. (sic)
It’s actually the same in the artworld. If you buy a painting you do not aquire the right to sell prints or photos of that painting, and you don’t aquire the right to license the image for a TV commercial or a movie. The artist retains that right. Same with photography. You can’t buy a print and then make copies of it and sell them on eBay. You buy only the painting or image, but you don’t own the copyright to it. Well, the same is true for music. You can’t buy a CD and then turn around and license the music to a movie. You can’t have a few thousand CDs pressed and sell them on eBay… oh wait, people do that all the time – but anyway they shouldn’t.
I personally think the RIAA would have done a lot better with a campaign to educate people. Instead they have been so over the top in pursuing file-sharing that they have made a lot of enemies.
Hm, why do you think concert ticket prices have steadily climbed upwards over the last few years?
A lot of those artists have had 50-60% of their income from record sales and that’s gone – so that’s a huge thing.
That’s what Peter Gabriel said in this BBC interview. So, instead of concerts promoting CDs, which was the general idea in the nineties, concerts now have to provide a living for the artist.
Anyway, there is a lot more to say, but I gotta go to the studio now and play…