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posted 24 August 2003 07:22 AM      Profile for satana     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
RIAA Radar
What is RIAA Radar?

The RIAA Radar is a tool that music consumers can use to easily and instantly distinguish whether an album was released by a member of the Recording Industry Association of America.

How do you use it?

1. You can search for artists, albums, and record labels.

2. Add the RIAA Radar bookmarklet to your bookmarks/favorites list. As you're browsing around, you can click the bookmark and it will give you just the info you need, when you need it most.

3. NEW! Use our charts and statistics to see what people are looking for. You can check the Amazon Top 100 to see the real ownership of the "popular" charts, and the Amazon Indie 100 to see the 100 most popular albums on Amazon that are RIAA-free. Finding independent popular music has never been easier!

Why should I use it?

Just as people can currently find out where some products come from and who made them (Is this banana organic? Does this milk contain GMOs? Were these clothes made in a sweatshop?), it is important to have that knowledge for as many consumer goods as possible. Knowledge is power, and knowing where the product came from can (and should) influence what you buy.

The RIAA is a group of several hundred record labels. The list of members changes constantly (major labels create new subsidiary labels, popular artists are given their own labels, artists or labels leave the RIAA due to creative or political differences, etc.) and it is almost impossible to keep track. Aside from memorizing the entire list, or having the list available and checking it while shopping, it is hard to know who is a member and who is not. (See the list.)

Why is it important to know if an album was released by an RIAA member or not?

That's possibly a fairly long answer, but just the highlights of the RIAA's practices involve price-fixing, blaming its poor financial state on unfounded digital piracy claims (and in turn, blaming and suing its own consumers), lobbying for changes that hinder technological innovation and change copyright laws, underpaying the artists it represents, invading personal privacy to enforce copyrights, and dismantling entire computer networks just because of their ability (of their users) to share copyrighted files. Feel free to visit the RIAA and to learn more.

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Babbler # 560

posted 25 August 2003 08:07 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I guess this is as good a place as any to ask this question:

I just started using KaZaA Lite yesterday. Anyhow, I found this message this morning in a pop-up window:

Message from CopyrightInfringement_Warning887@KaZaA


It appears that you are offering copyrighted music to others from your computer. While we appreciate your love of music, please be aware that sharing copyrighted music on the Internet without permission from the copyright owner is illegal. Victims of this process are the artists, songwriters and musicians who create the music and the other talented individuals who are involved in bringing you the music.

More than 40,000 Canadians work hard producing and supporting the music you appear to enjoy, including producers, engineers, retailers, music publishers, distributors, manufacturers, record companies, concert promoters and broadcasters.

When you break the law, you risk legal penalties. There is a simple way to avoid that risk: Don't distribute music to others on a file-sharing system like this. For further information, please go to

Remember that you need music and music needs you.

Is this something I should be worried about? Or is this just KaZaA covering their butts so that the media empires can't sue them?

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posted 25 August 2003 08:20 AM      Profile for Debra   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's some info Michelle.

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Babbler # 560

posted 25 August 2003 08:26 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks, Deb. Guess I won't worry yet.

In a separate action, the RIAA has sued four college students who allegedly offered more than 1 million recordings over the Internet, demanding damages of $150,000 per song.

Holy shit! Can you imagine? But that's really just laughable. I'd be, like, "Sure, come and get it. Take all of my $150,000,000,000."

The music industry is changing. Adapt or die, people. Sorry, but a song that's been around for the last 10 or 20 years has already made its money. They're going to have to find other ways to make money on music. Like, oh, say, PERFORMING it in front of audiences.

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