Ind. Labels move away from DRM as it only punishes the fans

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   Ever since the widespread publicity caused by Sony BMG's use of rootkits in its 

audio CDs, this helped a wider range of consumers become aware of the problems DRM is causing, not to mention…

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Well, it’s about time…

Lets hope the bigger labels follow suit. Consumers hate DRM.

I think this is a good step in the right direction. Although you have to wonder, if it is ok for the RIAA to shut down or sue P2P networks if they don’t make it well aware that d/l copyrighted material is illegal; then why should it be any different with us. We should have been able to sue the music industry for selling these so-called copy-protected cds. The music industry leads us into believing that these are regular music cds, while infact, they are not, since they do not follow red-book cd standards. Before they started selling these cds, they should have put a big wrapper over the cd, with a label that says: This will install copy-protective measures on your computer no matter what you do…

Actually, I find some of the indie and self published, tend to be outside the square relative to the formula sameness that is all pervasive in the mainstream major labels like SONY BMG, Vivendi or EMI(pick a label and they all seem to sound the same, as if the artists were literally cloned) MTV music video’s, seem to of a certain uniform sameness as well! Oh well, vive la difference!:X

During business travels this week, I had the opportunity to fly with a hard working and capable country musician named “Ricky Dee”. While trapped in one of Boeing’s flying aluminum tubes, we had some very interesting dialog about lots of things, including our common complete distaste for what the recording industry is doing to its dedicated customers and fans via DRM, copy protection, rootkits, etc. I was gratified to hear first-hand from a recording artist that they also are very displeased with the direction the recording studios and RIAA are taking the industry. And by the way - Ricky Dee’s music is quite good - give it a listen -

Now, if we as consumers, have the opportunity to prove what we’ve been saying all along. Let’s support these independent labels by buying only their CDs and let the numbers speak for themselves. Then, when the big labels take notice of sales not mention the bottom line (without the cost of DRM), they will then hpefully be convinced that this is much better business model.

The Independent recording industry in the USA lags well behind it’s European counterparts. Independent labels were alive and well in Europe in the early 80’s and they build a respectable distributions scheme as well as the respect of the broadcasters. However the Europeans were never able to break the stronghold the US majors had on airplay and distribution in the USA. Hits that were selling millions of copies in Europe often had no chance of being heard in the USA unless the independent labels in Europe bowed down and made distribution deals with the major labels in the USA. Today the major labels still control the airwaves and distribution channels in the USA and not one government entity has gone up against the U.S. industry to put a stop to it. Meanwhile, in Europe, independent labels are flourishing and even releasing hits by U.S. Artists who can’t break through the riff-raff of the major American labels. Fortunately the internet has provided a limited means for independent labels to be heard in the USA and I think it is high time broadcasters gave them some airplay. and distribution networks need to be opened so that good artist can have exposure all over the country. Although most independents can be hurt by piracy, there is a lot of discussion against DRM and various protection schemes. There are more issues that drive independents than greed. It gets back to the same thing whether it is copy protection or jackbooted methods: If people reward the major labels with their cash, then nothing is going to change. If we ever convince the sheep that there is great independent music out there then the RIAA maight just wake up.
[edited by rla on 02.02.2006 20:45]
[edited by rla on 02.02.2006 20:50]

The music industry’s only way to fight P2P file sharing is to beat music pirates with their very own weapons … they have to offer fast and cheap (about 50% of 99 Cent per song) lossless music downloads without DRM. Regarding the fact that distribution costs of online music trading are minimal when being compared to worldwide shipping/storage etc., this should very well be feasible.