[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2010/12/Sjp446.jpg[/newsimage]Now, we’re finally starting to hear details about the reactions from Indie music organizations, some of which rely on the seized domains to get music from their new artists circulated and heard, and their opinions of the situation clearly fall on opposite sides of the debate. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/indie-music-heads-show-divided-reactions-to-ice-domain-seizures-38091/](http://www.myce.com/news/indie-music-heads-show-divided-reactions-to-ice-domain-seizures-38091/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Why wouldn’t an independent artist want their music protected? It seems like the seizure of domains based on albums or songs that were released for promotional reasons is a failure of organization within the industry. The independent companies are in competition with the big name labels. One would expect them through their attorneys to release the names of song that are being promoted. If this means sending such a list to the R.I.A.A, maybe they should consider a class action suit against the R.I.A.A as a monopoly. There seems to be good basis for this. Did the independent labels ask for the R.I.A.A.'s help? Has the R.I.A.A.'s collusion and manipulation finally shown itself for what it is? I believe in protecting one’s work but I abhor monopolies and the R.I.A.A.'s use of taxpayer monies for their witch hunt. A better, equitable and fair system must be found.
If the indie labels intentionally released versions of their copyrighted material and then ICE shut the sites down based on complaints from RIAA about that release then the indies have an essentially ironclad case against both the RIAA and ICE for restraint of trade.
Frankly I think ICE was acting CRIMINALLY when it colluded with RIAA, but I’m not a federal judge.