p2pnet view Music | P2P:- “Not satisfied with the timetable for internet disconnection now that England’s Digital Economy has passed, the BPI has decided to once again start a lawsuit campaign against individual file sharers”, says Monkeyhouse, quoting a recent missive from the Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music ‘trade’ outfit, cited by Billboard.
In it, BPI general factotum Geoffrey Taylor (right) revealed “exclusively” to Billboard that the BPI will “reluctantly return to suing individual file-sharers again in the period before technical measures potentially kick in around late 2011 or early 2012″. Taylor says “potentially” because instant technical disconnect measures were abandoned by the government.
But “I doubt this will be anymore effective then the RIAA’s lawsuit campaign was in the U.S. During the RIAA lawsuit campaign the blame got laid at the RIAA’s feet” says Monkeyhouse, going on >>>
Musicians got a pass, as they were perceived as having no control over what the RIAA did. Since that time period, some things have changed.
The FAC has changed it’s position twice, first it opposed a three strikes no more internet law for people accused of file sharing, then it supported it, then it dropped its support for that in favor of a net tax.
The Musicians Union has also come out in favor of three strikes, by way of throwing in its support for the odious Digital Economy Bill.
It seems to me the time has come not just to blame rightsholder groups, but to start taking a hard look at the artists themselves. While some musicians have come out against MAFIAA bullying of file sharers, there has been a great wall of silence from most of them.
It has been suggested that some are afraid of their labels retaliating against them if they say they oppose punitive measures against file sharers. While I may have accepted that excuse, now that the Digital Economy Bill has been passed and big music is trying to ramrod ACTA through, it’s time for those musicians to make a stand. Because if they won’t come out and openly support fans, they don’t deserve to be supported by fans. It’s time for fans to ask their favorite artist the question “do you support punitive measures such as lawsuits and three strikes no internet provisions against file sharers?”. If there is no answer, then that’s an answer too.
It’s time to not only boycott buying RIAA CD’s, but boycott artists who support lawsuits and three strikes against fans, and also boycott musicians who won’t give an answer when asked where they stand on this matter. So no more $200+ dollar concert tickets, no more chachka(tee shirts and other merchandise), no more $70+ a year fanclub membership fees, from now on give these guys nada, nothing! The reverse is of course true for artists that support fans and have CONSISTENTLY opposed punitive measures against fans. I say consistently because personally I would not give any support to some artist who took the FAC route, supported three strikes, but then changed their mind in favor of a net tax. A net tax is also hostile to fans, as it props up the same rightsholder organizations that have been hounding them for years.
“The MAFIAA groups and many artists have been treating the fans like a cash cow”, says the post, adding:
“Well now is the time for the teat to dry up.”
..… and identi.ca
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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