p2pnet news | Freedom:-Well, they’ve done it.
Four venal record companies, EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France), Sony BMG (Japan and Germany) and Warner Music (US), have bankrupted a single mother with two children in their lust for money.
In what has to be one of the most outrageous verdicts ever recorded in America, without a shred of hard evidence, judge Michael J. Davis virtually instructed the jury to find Jamie Thomas guilty of copyright infringement, saying she must pay close to a quarter of a million dollars.
In the process, he made a mockery of the principle of fair use and a fair trial.
To all intents and purposes, the Big 4, all members of an organised music cartel who`ve been found guilty of price-fixing and bribery, among other things, own the RIAA, short for Recording Industry Association of America, and scores of similar organisations around the world, for example the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industry), CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association), ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association), and so on.
They`re determined to gain control of how `product,` as they correctly call their shabby and over-priced offerings, is distributed online, and to make sure they, and no one else, are doing the distributing.
It isn`t enough for them to share the pie. They want it all and they`ll stop at nothing to get it.
Ultimately, they`ll lose, but not because of public opinion, not because of court decisions and not because they suddenly realise suing their own customers is a ridiculous path to take.
It`ll be because their shareholders tell them `enough is enough` and to make that happen sooner rather than later, it`s up to you to stop buying `product` from the Big 4 and from any of the companies linked to the RIAA â- all 1,636 of them, listed here.
If these companies are smart, they`ll dissociate themselves from the RIAA and the Big 4 at the earliest opportunity, following the example of Canada`s Nettwerk Music which decided it wanted no more of the RIAA last year.
Notwithstanding, the RIAA still lists Nettwerk Records as a member. And this means companies which value their reputations and their customer bases will also need to make it loud and clear they`re no longer anything to do with the Big 4 or any of their alphabet enforcement organisations.
`I can`t make a difference `
`It won`t make any difference if I stop buying,` you may be saying to yourself.
But it will.
You may be only one person. But there are many hundreds of millions of people just like you. If you decide to blacklist every label
associated with the Big 4 and/or the RIAA, and you tell a friend who tells a friend who tells a friend ..
And there`s something else to consider.
Money isn`t everything
The labels are victimising thousands of ordinary people safe, they think, in the knowledge that these people don`t have the resources to defend themselves or stand up to them.
What can an average America mother do against the multi-billion-dollar labels with their legions of lawyers, obscene political connections and bottomless pockets? – they say to themselves.
But money, lawyers and political clout aren`t all there is.
In the modern digital world, the labels and everything and everyone associated with them, depend on computer systems to keep the wheels rolling and money pouring in.
Who runs the computers? Hundreds of thousands of technicians, admins, sysops and others who serve as support staff.
And all of them are very ordinary people just like the very ordinary people whose lives are being ruined by the RIAA and the other Big 4 hit outfits around the world.
If the people who maintain the systems were to stage strikes, work-to-rule or similar legal protests in support of the corporate victims, many of whom will be their own relatives, it`d soon make the people who run the labels realize who`s really in charge.
And they`d use the Net and blogs and IM and cellphones and all the other 21st digital century communication technologies and systems to spread the word.
Think about it.
As I say here, for the first time in their history, the cartel members are fighting a losing battle.
P2P is here to stay and it doesn`t matter how much money they spend, there`s nothing they can do about it.
More and more people are signing up for Net accounts every day and in the process, they`re discovering realities the Big 4 would rather they didn`t know.
The mainstream media are no longer the only sources of news and information and the ranks of new consumers – men, women and children who`ll go to any lengths rather than buy overpriced, low quality corporate `product` – are swelling hour by hour as more and more people open accounts and log on.
The solution is simple and can be summed up in five words â-
Dont Buy Big 4 `Product`.
You wont see `reports` or `studies` explicating how many sales have been lost as consumers in their millions turn away from the former music masters.
But it doesn`t matter.
And they know.
Click here for the RIAA`s own list of record companies.
It`s long, I know, but take the trouble to print it out, put it in your pocket and the next time you plan on buying a CD, check it and make sure the label isn`t on the list.
If it is, don`t buy it.
It shouldn`t be too much trouble for you to find a similar list naming the labels which operate in your country. In fact, you`ll probably find most of them are already on the RIAA roll call.
We don`t need them, but they sure as hell need us and the only way we can make them understand that is to hit them where it hurts – in their wallets.
Hit them where it hurts and make them understand where their true interests lie.
Jon Newton – p2pnet