It is estimated that there are currently 17 percent fewer professional musicians in the United States than there were 10 years ago.
While the Internet may offer unparalleled opportunities for musicians to reach global audiences, there are sadly fewer and fewer opportunities for musicians to earn a living from their craft.”
Seventeen percent, eh? Dear oh dear.
BUT —- “Luckily, this is not irreversible or the result of immutable natural laws”, says the RIAA, declaring >>>
We can, and must, create an environment that cherishes creativity, and which provides incentives for investment in the creation of original cultural materials. While there are certainly complicated issues at the margins, the path towards a more accountable online space is straightforward — governments must provide no safe harbors for those who would intentionally profit from the distribution of the creative works of others. There is no place in a responsible cultural ecosystem for companies like Baidu and vKontakte to operate dedicated music services without obtaining licenses from the creators. There is no place for providing services designed to facilitate music theft. And there is certainly no place for allowing enterprises to be built on the back of illegal content, and then to only require them to take down such content when they are notified by the copyright owner. ‘Catch me if you can’ is not a recipe for sustaining American creativity.
Extortion and threats
Reading the quote above, some might come away with the impression the corporate music industry is honest, and run by honest people honestly trying to do their honest best.
However, the truth is somewhat different.
Through the likes of their RIAA which, lest we forget, stands for Recording Industry Association of America, Vivendi Universal (France), Sony (Japan), EMI (Britain), and Warner Music (US, but run by a Canadian), have stifled any and all creativity, also suing their own customers, for good measure.
Extortion and threats are just two of the weapons in their arsenals.
In their phony ‘copyright violation’ lawsuits, they went after a dead grandmother, a 10-year-old kid, a woman desperately ill with multiple sclerosis, another woman who didn’t even know how to turn a computer on, etc and so on.
After some 40,000 subpoenas, they ended up with two court cases, both of which were, and are, complete mockeries.
Not for nothing are they and their compadres know as the MAFIAA.
Hoods together with hoods
‘Music icon Tommy James tells all in new book’, was the headline to a My Central Jersey post almost exactly a year ago
But “No, the ‘mob’ in Tommy James’ new autobiography, ‘Me, the Mob and the Music,’ is not a reference to the millions of fans who screamed for his hits, including ‘I Think We’re Alone Now,’ ‘Mony, Mony’ and ‘Crimson and Clover’,” says the post, adding:
“Rather, it’s the underworld mob … guys inclined to beat people up with baseball bats and take more than their fair share of royalties if you happen to be recording for them … that James speaks of.”
“It’s a kind of Mafia-type run business”, NIN’s Trent Reznor told Inquirer Entertainment a year earlier.
In 1986, “record industry executives from around the country arrived in New York to attend a $1,000-a-plate, black-tie ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel”, said the Los Angeles Times, continuing >>>
They were there to honor the first 10 inductees into the newly established Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. But law enforcement authorities detected some visiting executives doing a few other things, too.
Some were on the phone with top East Coast Mafia figures, or meeting with them. Among their contacts was reputed Gambino family boss John Gotti. Federal, state and local authorities noticed the activity while conducting separate undercover investigations of New York organized crime families.
The contacts with Mafia figures had no apparent connection with the Hall of Fame ceremony itself. But the presence in town of so many record executives who had so much to say to mobsters aroused investigators’ suspicions. And they contributed to growing concern that the Mafia, no stranger to the field, had stepped up its activity in the record industry.
Of course, these days, there’s no such thing as the MAFIA.
And the corporate music industry is squeaky clean.
No need to stay tuned.
ther whines and whinges – The RIAA attacks Canada, February 18, 2011
IIPA BS release – BAAAAD Canada: latest IIPA ‘report’, February 17, 2011
My Central Jersey – Music icon Tommy James tells all in new book, February 24, 2010
Inquirer Entertainment – Trent Reznor, 20 years late, July 13, 2009
Los Angeles Times – Growing Force of Investigators Probes Mob Ties to Record Industry, October 1986.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian & military participation ~ Marshall McLuhan
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