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[News] MAFIAA Lies on Behalf of Its Real Clients (Moguls, Not Artists)

  • Subject: [News] MAFIAA Lies on Behalf of Its Real Clients (Moguls, Not Artists)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 14:41:46 +0100
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UK Music Pretends That Musicians Aren't Against Kicking People Off The Internet

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| There were rumors that following this little dustup, 
| that the UK music industry would drop its support for 
| three strikes. Instead, Feargal Sharkey, the head of 
| the UK Music lobbying group, has come out with a 
| totally meaningless statement that basically says that 
| the industry supports the government's plan and there's 
| nothing to see here in terms of a rift in the views of 
| the UK music industry.
| That's not very believable. More and more musicians 
| have realized that a proposal to kick people off the 
| internet does nothing to promote better business models 
| and does a lot to create significantly more ill will 
| with fans.


ASCAP, BMI Demanding Payment For 30 Second Previews At Web Stores

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| It's been really stunning to see just how little 
| dignity groups like ASCAP and BMI have in trying to 
| suck every last penny out of any kind of musical usage, 
| without ever once considering the damage they're 
| actually doing to songwriters. It's as if the folks who 
| run these groups have no concept of the actual impact 
| of their crazy demands.


I'm Sorry, But It Was Never Just About The Music

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| Frank Sinatra made movies to reach a bigger fan base.  
| Elvis's hips and haircut were as much a part of his 
| success as his recordings were. David Bowie learned 
| that image and imagery could propel him to greater 
| heights.  After Saturday Night Fever, dance steps 
| helped propel many live shows and for a time MTV made 
| being visual an important component of success. 



Stephen Fry on copyright

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| At an event in London last night, the writer, actor, and gadget fan Stephen
| Fry launched a surprisingly ferocious attack on the music and movie
| industries over the way they have acted to defend their copyright.


Richard Marx (!) attacks RIAA after $1.92M Thomas verdict

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| Jammie Thomas-Rasset was held liable to sharing 24 songs, including one by
| pop crooner Richard Marx. But the lawsuit wasn't done in Marx's nameâthis
| week, he called out the recording industry's "greedy actions."


Moby: The RIAA Needs to be Disbanded

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| The two million dollar fine handed out to Jammie Thomas by a Minnesota jury
| this week hasnât done the music industryâs image much good. While lawyers and
| high level managers at the major labels cracked open the Champagne, artists
| such as Moby and Radiohead shook their heads in shame at what the music world
| has become.


Morrissey tells fans to boycott new box set reissues

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| The former Smiths singer claimed in a statement issued to fan site
| True-to-you.net, which he often communicates through, that he wouldn't
| receive any money from the reissues, released on November 2, and that he was
| not asked for approval for their release.


Time for MPs to Face the Music on Sharing

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| But the idea that civil liberties should be curtailed simply to keep afloat a dying
| - and widely-hated, both by artists and consumers - industry, should be self-
| evidently absurd.
| It's worrying that the author of this latest simplistic attack on file-sharing,
| apparently "a former member of Runrig", is unable to see this. He and other
| demagogues that attack sharing for whatever reason would do well to look at the
| facts, and not glibly regurgitate the propaganda of the industry and its lobbyists.

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