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(The Onion)   When will it ever be enough for the RIAA?   ( divider line
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27206 clicks; posted to Main » and Music » on 21 May 2007 at 12:35 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2007-05-21 12:37:33 PM  
Are you sure this is satire
2007-05-21 12:37:50 PM  
the onion is satirical, so this isn't really happening. they're just making fun of the riaa.

2007-05-21 12:38:00 PM  
If no one comments, maybe people will stop posting Onion links.
2007-05-21 12:38:11 PM  
The Onion shouldn't give the RIAA anymore ideas.
2007-05-21 12:40:00 PM  
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Future RIAA "sharing" procedure.
2007-05-21 12:40:36 PM  
i liked this article better when it was first published oct 2, 2002.
2007-05-21 12:40:43 PM  
MothraStewart: If no one comments, maybe people will stop posting Onion links.

I said the same thing about the Fark TV links/plugs. Of course, the Fark TV threads are infinitely more fun than Fark TV.
2007-05-21 12:40:51 PM  
Insert Cool Name

It's not really happening.

/it's happening
2007-05-21 12:40:53 PM  
The Onion rulz.
2007-05-21 12:40:58 PM  
WTF? Satire tag? How long has this existed?
2007-05-21 12:41:12 PM  
Man the Onion was really funny back in the late 90s, what the hell happened.
2007-05-21 12:41:26 PM  
Article date 2002. What about recent developments? Like the RIAA suing me for having "My Humps" repeatedly playing in my brain?

/its clawing its way out through my skull
2007-05-21 12:41:59 PM  
This article is from The Onion and it's from 2002.

These people are prophets.

I'm sure that the RIAA has not sued commercial, free, over-the-air radio yet because they've not found a way to do so yet.
2007-05-21 12:42:00 PM  
Satire? Perhaps, but not completely out of the question.

Memo to the Onion: Sometimes, discretion is the better part of valor.
2007-05-21 12:42:06 PM  
2007-05-21 12:42:24 PM  
They could sue anyone for using the copyrighted name "RIAA".
2007-05-21 12:43:57 PM  
2007-05-21 12:44:42 PM  
L.B. Jeffries
it's happening

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2007-05-21 12:48:48 PM  
All I have to say about this topic: fark the MPAA (NSFW)

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2007-05-21 12:49:00 PM  
Sometimes I want things like this to be true simply because it further solidifies the point that the RIAA is totally out of touch. Seriously, let them try. They'll only hurt themselves in the process.
2007-05-21 12:49:15 PM  
I just can't be bothered to click The Onion links anymore. It's not satire because satire is supposed to be funny. It's just lame.
2007-05-21 12:49:27 PM  
If memory of those mass media classes serve me: they did have these lawsuits in the 1920s (1910s?) which is why so many early radio shows were live performances (you know, like the movies with the big band and sitcoms). Eventually, the recording industry figured out that this practice increased album sales (from artists going on-air and playing songs on albums).

/so much for learning from history
2007-05-21 12:50:51 PM  
The Onion keeps getting closer and closer to actual news.
2007-05-21 12:51:28 PM  
I am glad they reposted this. It has been gone from their archives for years. It is a timely now as it was then, except that Hilary Rosen is gone now.
2007-05-21 12:52:44 PM  
The RIAA are a bunch of bastard farking pigs, and the only way to fight them is by writing your representitives. The RIAA is strong, and their strength comes from their wealth. The one most redeeming quality about our current political system, is there is something that means more to politicians than RIAA dollars, and thats our votes. Write often, spread the word.

/Fark the RIAA
2007-05-21 12:53:25 PM  
JG247: WTF? Satire tag? How long has this existed?

Since the humor impaired and the hard-of-reading couldn't read/understand the statements on some websites that the stories were satirical in nature.

Maybe it came along with Fark 2.0, the pinnacle of web design that it is.

/hint, if you think about it you may understand the true meaning of the last sentence I wrote.
2007-05-21 12:54:25 PM  
Never. It will never be enough. The NYT just published an op-ed arguing for the extension of copyright terms to 'forever and ever, amen,' and that when copyright lapses and the work passes into the public domain, that's just like the government confiscating your house to turn it into a road.
2007-05-21 12:54:30 PM  
Anyone else notice this article was posted in 2002?
Subby... update your broswer... it's only getting retro news. Lars was so.... 90's even in 2002.. obvious give away.

2007-05-21 12:55:25 PM  
2007-05-21 12:56:24 PM  
Never. It will never be enough. The NYT just published an op-ed arguing for the extension of copyright terms to 'forever and ever, amen,' and that when copyright lapses and the work passes into the public domain, that's just like the government confiscating your house to turn it into a road.

OpEd URL since it's not letting me include it ("302: Moved Temporarily" my ass):
2007-05-21 12:57:14 PM  
This article is rediculous. Can you imagine Lars pulling up in his Bentley/Rover/Benz, and picks up his $1m + check, and having a rep actually tell him: "Sorry, it should've been $2m, but those damn pirates took the rest". Pathetic. If the RIAA had acted like they cared about their main source of income...THE FANS, and not the product of clever marketing...TALENTLESS MUSICIANS, this issue would be about getting more music for less money and with less barriers to buy and share.

I'll never legally obtain music because of this whole case with the RIAA and those "poor" musicians. Fark them. Fark them in the ear.
2007-05-21 12:57:18 PM  
nibbled to death by gerbils
i dont want to sign up, think you can just post the story here?
2007-05-21 1:02:10 PM  
Yay Wall of text!
2007-05-21 1:03:27 PM  
Maybe it came along with Fark 2.0, the pinnacle of web design that it is.

/hint, if you think about it you may understand the true meaning of the last sentence I wrote.

Wow, I think I actually heard your indignant nerd-snort-laugh from here in my cube. The satire tag has always been here, Carrot Top... (it pops, unlike your "comedy")
2007-05-21 1:03:40 PM  
trippdogg 2007-05-21 01:02:10 PM
Nibbled to death by gerbils 2007-05-21 01:02:10 PM

Was it good for you?
2007-05-21 1:04:01 PM  
I was thinking about making a constructive critque about the Onion but it's not worth it. Onion is to satire what Alanis is to irony.
2007-05-21 1:05:30 PM  
Article copy and paste trifecta in play!
2007-05-21 1:06:07 PM  
I miss that ad the RIAA was running before movie previews, that showed all the little kids they busted for illegally downloading music, and who had been reformed. Are the RIAA and the MPAA the only businesses that like to sue their own potential customers en masse?
2007-05-21 1:07:47 PM  
SWEET MOTHER OF ALL!!! Did IQ's just drop sharply here? Yes, the article is satire. That means sarcasm. You know, jess foolin' around. Radio stations have been paying royalties to labels forever. It's about a nickel per play, or it was the last time I looked. In fact, the record labels also made big payments to radio stations for years to get their songs airtime until the FCC brought a huge action to stop it as anticompetitive (google or wiki "Payola").

The real story is that the RIAA, ASCAP and BMI have been sending agents into bars and lounges to see who is performing their covers and tunes, then writing up lawsuits against them. They do it for kareoke as well. Next thing you know, it will be Guitar Hero competitions.
2007-05-21 1:08:22 PM  
People download songs without paying the copyright for one main goddamn reason ... because they can.
2007-05-21 1:09:25 PM  
Talk about eerie, especially after seeing what's happening to internet radio 5 years after this article was published. Just a damned shame when you can no longer tell the difference between satire and life and life and satire or whatever the hell goes for both nowadays.

With luck... and MTV / terrestrial radio / DRM-loaded distribution reigning supreme, I'll never buy music again.
2007-05-21 1:12:09 PM  
jesus christ, 3 posts. well, thanks nibbled, Ashtrey, and trippdog

damn, all they want is more money. when i get produced and a chance to direct, i'll give copies out on the streets, just ot piss them all off. i'll probably get sued, but, as the vid scared shirtless said, f*ck them all
2007-05-21 1:13:50 PM  
I agree that the RIAA are douchebags, however, I'm not on board with stealing music. How are musicans supposed to make a living if people keep taking their music? Music isn't free, unless you want the people who make it to live on nothing. Some guy I went to college with who bragged about having something like 10,000 songs in his collection he didn't pay for tried to justify this theft with saying that the album only cost a few cents to produce so charging ten bucks for it was thievery itself. Um, how about the two years and production costs to put the freaking music ON the album?! So, if I spend two years writing a novel, and the paper it's printed on only costs five cents, should I only get five cents per copy for that novel? What about the two years I spent writing the damn thing! Asshat.

Screw the corporate hoars, stop buying crap albums from crap "musicians", but please, pay for the music you DO like. When you steal music, you're no better than the asshole lables who screw artists out of every dime. No actually, you're worse. You aren't screwing them out of monetary greed, you're screwing them for convenience and calling yourself a fan.
2007-05-21 1:16:13 PM  
The funny part is that the music industry and ASCAP back in the 1920's hated radio, too. Commercial Radio happened because Congress back then arm-twisted the industry into offering a blanket compulsory license similar to the one that had been used with piano rolls: as long as a radio station paid a fixed royalty (i.e. five cents) for every song played, they could play any song they wanted, and the industry couldn't say no.

/"Copyright is not a moral proposition, it is a utilitarian one." - Cory Doctorow
2007-05-21 1:19:50 PM  
thew way i see it, the people that download the music probably wouldn't have bought it in the first place, or couldn't, which is my position. I simply cannot afford the cd (i know, i'm poor, shut up :( ) so I dlo it.

i do agree that artist should be paid for their work, but when does compensation turn into greed? this here, this is greed. these people already have an assload of money, and want more.

here's a little movie that's not the same topic, but a good lesson in greed
2007-05-21 1:20:32 PM  
Say what you will about posting "old news", but that article was awesome, and the last line was a special kind of awesome.
2007-05-21 1:21:46 PM  
When all media is pay-per-view, duh!
2007-05-21 1:22:03 PM  

You want to support the band? Go to their concerts. Buy their T-shirts. Or even send them a dollar, directly. Can't recall the source, but I remember reading somewhere that that's about what the band itself gets per CD sale. The rest goes to their agents, production companies, promoters, the RIAA, etc etc. Buying CD's is the least effective way to give money to the band members themselves, but the best way to help promote the monster that the industry has become.
2007-05-21 1:22:09 PM  
hey, could someone paste the full text of that LATimes article?
ya know, cuz i can't use the internets, all i know how to do is read fark.
2007-05-21 1:24:32 PM  

I agree with what you said about buying your favorite artists just to follow up my point.

I'll buy a CD at show directly from the artist. That way I know what went into creating the disc and who is getting paid.
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