We were just forgetting Napster. Now it’s Limewire. Is Bit Torrent next?

November 8, 2010 at 8:38 am (Entertainment, Law, Music, Politics)

I bet you ANYTHING that the only winners from the recent federal court decision to shut down Limewire because of their copyright law infringement are the lawyers.

Record companies should see that their current business model, that predates the internet, is NOT SUSTAINABLE. You’d think, after the billion “things gone viral” scandals that they would get the hint. Apparently not.

Personally, I don’t like how mainstream “artists” -and I shudder to use the term, because there is very little artistic about Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and oh yeah, didn’t even Paris Hilton try to sing? -basically areover-produced faces that present an image that sells to the young and witless. Although those characters were the ones that made the real money, the real talent remains hidden and much less celebrated: the composers, the lyricists, the choreographers, the musicians, the mixers…why?

I would love to see a complete overhaul of the business. Let’s NOT give underaged girls like Lindsay huge sums of money that feed addictions, for contrary to popular belief, some people DON’T ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR THEM. Is she being a productive member of society when she goes in and out of rehab, and worse, TAXPAYER-PAID JAIL???? Why are taxpayers paying for the food and rent of a multi-millionaire, underdeveloped and misguided child? I’m so sick and tired of that scandal, by the way. Can we eradicate it from all newspapers now please, it’s so old…give me some investigative reports on immigration law corruption, anything….

Anyway, two solutions:
1)It’s high time the music industry streamlined the business.  Produce quality, advertise and sell it over the net (iTunes?). The Golden Age of CDs will never return, no matter how many millions you spend trying to bring down file-sharing sites: 5 will pop up the second 1 goes down, with even more ingenious ways of keeping themselves seemingly legal. I would be astounded if the laws themselves weren’t amended in some way soon to make them more realistic and with the times.
2)We’ve learned to get around spending ridiculous amounts of money on music, now let’s learn to celebrate actual quality.  Aspiring hopefuls abound on Youtube, and I think other elements of music-producing could boast their talents and hard work on there as well, collaborate, interconnect the world. What is the internet for -or better yet, how best can we use the internet?

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