The RIAA has no case, and neither do record stores. So your sales are dropping? maybe its because your music sucks, and theres very little diversity... maybe its cause your prices are too high, or maybe we've reached a new age in communication? First were stone tablets, then paper, wax, vinal, plastic, and now... no physical representation. The recording industry only exists/ed because muscicians needed a way to transmit their music to the masses, and the only way to do this was by recording it onto a medium, and then selling copies of said recording, the RIAA defends the infrastructure that upholds this system (they are also the people that PROFIT in this situation), and now this system is obsolete.... so it looks like the RIAA and their thousands of employees will have to turn their focus somewhere else if they want to keep their livelyhoods, because they really cant fight internet downloading. I mean, sometimes industries just collapse, its like how the train industry wains in comparisson to the airoplane industry... its basically the exact same situation. Its made it possible for muscicians and artists ( and entertainers of all kinds) to skip the middle man, they can put their expression right there and people can pay them directly... We're reaching an age where the music people enjoy will have nothing to do with what a certain industry wants (and hopefully not as much on profit). As it stands right now, the recording industry has to produce acts, so that they will stay on top, instead of letting real people with real expression get their word out.
I seriously doubt that filesharing is the ONLY reason that the "industry" is faltering, i would also attribute it to the rise of indy music (which was most likely aided by the internet), and also the fact that (music and expression) in the mainstream constantly get censored and restricted (leaving only a few points of view to be heard), also the absurdly high prices that the record companies have been able to charge (as they have had a monopoly on the music market).
so what im saying is: fuck the RIAA, i know this isnt really many peoples main priority, but i think it is an important issue. It's all about artistic rights, its all about the freedom of the people being trodden on by the ruling rich....
so for all you people that care about this issue, dont you agree that some form of action would be good?..
im thinking like a dance party.. just because i really really want to do a dance party protest, just pull out a bunch of dumpster/pail instruments and crazy it down, burn some RIAA posters or something... just have a rawkus wild time? all im saying... is have a rowdy dance party in the streets of portland..
and for all those people that question the effectiveness of a dance party... what does a generic protest do? very few take them seriously anymore, and they just scare the meek into voting for safety instead of freedom... im not against regular protests... but i think a dance party would be a good change of pace... or.. OR.. a puppet show that went from corner to corner.. like with a stand that people could pick up and move.. hmmm...
email me if you care..