Special Guest: Monkey
Hell No, Napster Won't Go!
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So, I assume
you heard the news about Napster. In case you didn't, here is
a quick recap. On Monday, February 12, 2001 the 9th Circuit Court
ruled in favor of the record companies in the Napster decision.
Napster can continue to operate until the lower court rewrites
the injunction, as it was deemed too broad in its current state.
However, according to this new ruling, Napster may be found responsible
for breaking copyright laws for knowingly contributing to piracy.
Right now it looks like they may be forced to pay fines for every
song made available on the Napster network that has been deemed
copyright protected by a record label. And this will financially
cripple the company.
I don't get
it. I think music should be free. Who cares if musicians starve?
They are all rich arent' they? There is obviously no such thing
as a struggling musician. These people don't rely on music as
their career, their livelihood. All musicians are borne into a
world of fancy cars and a continual cash flow. They don't work
the clubs for years hoping for that big break. They don't tour
constantly trying to make a name for themselves.
isn't like producing an album has any costs. Studio time is free,
as is record company A&R, publicity, art direction, production,
mixing, and packaging. Musicians don't have to pay for new instruments,
they don't have to pay for their homes, they don't have to provide
for their families.
I want my
music for free dammit. These people work hard so I can benefit,
so I damn right should. One day the world will realize that I
should be able to take what I want when I want it. No respect
for others and their hard work - that is my motto.
are so expensive to buy anyways. Obviously competing with people
freely trading these works is sure to bring the prices down. The
fact that cd sales may suffer due to this piracy won't force record
companies to increase the cost of cds to make up for the losses
they incur due to piracy. No, that would be craziness.
the record industry realize that it is my bitch - and I will do
with it as I please?
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