Saturday, December 17, 2011

Download This 2of2

Fans don't support swill, and don't buy that the multi-billion dollar industries are struggling. They are uncertain that the profits of the products are going to the artists—they are wary of executives lining their pockets with sales. And they aren't stupid. It is a well-known fact that recording artists make the majority of their money selling concert tickets; it is well-known that good movies with strong marketing campaigns never fail to turn a profit—hell, even the crappy ones succeed.

The RIAA and MPAA are spending too many resources on attacking their clients. Their clients do not want to fund what is basically a witch hunt by those organizations to take down fans that appreciate the art that is being put out. It's an absurd argument.

They don't attack libraries because they provide repositories of information freely available for consumption. In fact, the public fully supports them. The problem, therefore, lies not in the free aspect of the product, but rather in the RIAA and MPAA's failure to capitalize on it.

It is hard to feel sympathy for artists and executives who freely shine their bling and jets around at a tightly squeezed middle class. There is no shortage of irony in executives asking a public that makes less than $45k per year to give them more money to make high-concept debacles like Transformers 2 or anything coming out of Brittney Spears' pie-hole these days.

So, the short of it: don't tell me these industries are struggling when I wonder how I'm going to pay my bills and feed myself. Don't tell me that the internet should be censored because the RIAA and MPAA don't know how to stem the tide of 'plagiarizers.'

The problem is that the information is out there and there is no turning back from the digital revolution that is occurring. The only way to solve the problem is through embracing it and understanding that in this new age there are ways to make money but it may not necessarily be in holding the copyright to the work.