I received an email from a group calling itself “musicrightsnow.org “. Made for an interesting blog topic.
Dear MICHAEL ,
I’ve received hundreds of e-mails enthusiastically reacting to my “call to action” at the National Association of Recording Merchandisers convention last month. The music business is facing huge challenges from piracy and theft. Never before in American history has an entire industry been so decimated by illegal behavior. Yet the government has not responded in a meaningful way to help us address this crisis. My call to action is for all of us to become more aggressive in lobbying our government, more outspoken in drawing attention to the problems caused by piracy and more actively engaged. We cannot win this fight alone.
Governments outside the U.S. are legislating, regulating and playing a prominent role in discussions with ISPs (Internet Service Providers). Sales have dramatically improved in these countries. How is it that the U.S. – with the most successful music community in the world – is not keeping up with places like South Korea, France, the UK and New Zealand?
As I said in my speech, I hope that the industry can negotiate a voluntary deal with the ISPs. We need our government representatives to encourage this. But whether or not we reach a deal with the ISPs, our government needs to know that we’ve got a piracy problem and we need real solutions. To accomplish this, our government needs to hear from all of us, so they know that their constituents are out here. Join me in calling on our elected officials to fight piracy. Please help by forwarding this email to your colleagues, friends– everyone who loves music. And consider enlisting your entire company to help in this fight. Then by clicking on the link below a message will be sent to your representatives in Washington. Help us launch a viral campaign to cut off access to the online sites that are used to steal our music, our property and our jobs. It only takes a second but it can make a tremendous impact.
Please help us by forwarding this link.
Learn More at http://www.musicrightsnow.org
Links not provided.
So I wrote a response.
I’m in receipt of your chain email regarding the state of the music industry. I’m astonished that you are blaming the ISP’s for a problem that your industry has failed to react to.
The music industry has been slow to embrace technology. You continue to follow a business model that is badly outdated. You target teenagers (the one demographic that needs your support) and grandparents with million dollar lawsuits. You threaten the future of my Internet radio station, and other like it, with unfair music royalty fees.
And then you have the audacity to ask for help in getting the ISP’s to agree to a voluntary deal to crack down on music “piracy”. In other words, you want to have the ISP’s act as the police. The policies you are attempting to enforce are, at the very least, unconstitutional.
For the record, I believe that music artists should be fairly compensated for their work. I believe that music should be paid for…but not at the expense of policies your group is attempting to enforce.
Sorry, Jim. You don’t have my support or sympathy.
Internet Radio Broadcaster
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