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Thu, Apr. 6th, 2006 10:37 am
Pirates have a proverb: if your boat is sinking, don't sue the water

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jimyojimbo
jimyojimbo
Dr Jim
Thu, Apr. 6th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)

I can't help but suspect that if the only music being swapped on P2P was your stuff, or Stereolabs, or anything down the less "populist" (gah!) end of the spectrum, the RIAA wouldn't two sh1ts about it.

Again, I supsect that most of the 15% drop in sales is down to the younger end of the market adn mainstream pop sales. I imagine that rather than buy a full-price CD consisting of singles plus filler, the kids would rather just download the singles. Even if they do that legally, it's going to hitturnover, isn't it?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Apr. 6th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)

The fact that Mickey is being sued not by the RIAA but by "the American people" (it's a civil criminal trial) and that his case is being heard "in the same courthouse as Zacarias Moussaoui" suggests a sinister subliminal message: that music pirates are terrorists aiming their hijacked music planes at the Twin Towers, attacking the American people and the American way of life. So, while 15% may not seem like a big deal, the metaphor is that a 15% hole in its skin can collapse a whole edifice.


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jimyojimbo
jimyojimbo
Dr Jim
Thu, Apr. 6th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)

Well, like i said, I think its likely (with no evidence whatsoever!) that most of the drop in sales will probably be due to a certain market and a certain type of music. The stuff I'm thinking of - Britney, Beyonce, etc etc - aren't treated as music or art by the companies, are they? it's more like a corporate investment with the decision based on risk vs gain. If we spend x million on songwriters and production, then x million on marketing, do we feel that we have a good chance of recouping and making a profit? It seems like a very difficult business model to maintain; it'll be a high risk investment and so I imagine a 15% sales drop really does give them the willies. And this is where the majority of the majors' money comes from, I imagine.

Hopefully they might (!) realise that all this arresting on or two kids scare tactics is just so much pissing on a mountain to try and erode it, and they might start cutting back on their unsutainable "artist" rostra. And pigs might orbit the moon, as they say.


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