Richard Melville Hall, better known by his stage name 'Moby', publicly called for the disbandment of the RIAA on his blog <URL> on June 20th. The best selling artist (20m albums sold) asserts that the recent $1.92 million fine arising from an RIAA lawsuit lawsuit against Jammie Thomas-Rasset is the wrong approach to protecting popular music.
A federal jury Thursday found the 32-year-old Minnesota mother of four guilty of illegally downloading 24 songs from the Internet. The fine comes to $80,000 per song.
The retail price tag on each song she downloaded -- from artists such as No Doubt, Linkin Park, Gloria Estefan and Sheryl Crow -- was 99 cents.
From Moby's blog post:
the riaa have sued Jammie Thomas-Rasset of minnesota for $2,000,000 for illegally downloading music.
argh. what utter nonsense. this is how the record companies want to protect themselves? suing suburban moms for listening to music? charging $80,000 per song?
punishing people for listening to music is exactly the wrong way to protect the music business. maybe the record companies have adopted the 'it's better to be feared than respected' approach to dealing with music fans. i don't know, but 'it's better to be feared than respected' doesn't seem like such a sustainable business model when it comes to consumer choice. how about a new model of 'it's better to be loved for helping artists make good records and giving consumers great records at reasonable prices'?
i'm so sorry that any music fan anywhere is ever made to feel bad for making the effort to listen to music.
the riaa needs to be disbanded.