Fucking FUCK! Who the HELL do the RIAA and the music companies
think they are, bitching us out as "thieves" for sharing
MP3s on the Internet? What kind of fucking GALL does that
take, when they're charged with CRIMINAL COLLUSION to keep
the price of CDs up?
The FTC and five of the biggest music distributors settled a case today where
the distributors were charged with CRIMINAL COLLUSION in keeping the prices of
CDs artificially high. This is a CRIMINAL offense, people -- a conspiratorial
crime against the free market and against consumers. The FTC says that the
distributors have taken FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHTY MILLION DOLLARS from consumers
by colluding and setting minimum pricing. $480,000,000!!!!
Meanwhile the music companies are pointing accusatory fingers at US, Internet
music users, for SHARING with other people. They call us thieves and pirates and
accuse us of starving poor musicians like Ethiopian warlords starve helpless
children. They've been CHARGED by the FTC for stealing from US, but WE are the
thieves! Fuck that!
Now, I ask you: are you legally or morally OBLIGATED to let someone steal money
out of your pocket? Do you have to stand idly by while someone burgles your home
or carjacks your Honda? NOO! So why should you be legally OBLIGATED to be the
victim of a CRIMINAL SCHEME to rip you off? Why should you or I be berated for
going around the CORRUPT and ILLEGAL compact disc selling practices of the
recording industry? I for one don't feel any obligation to be SONY MUSIC's
PATSY, and neither should anyone else.
The major BULLSHIT here is that the FTC settled the case too easily. They only
asked that the companies stop their criminal practice of minimum pricing for 7
years. No compensation to consumers, no punitive damages, no NOTHING. They
should have required that the recording companies immediately DROP their
lawsuits against Net music listeners and help FUND the development of sharing
tools like Freenet or Gnutella. Write your congressman and demand
JUSTICE in this case! Fuck the RIAA and their illegal schemes! We don't have to
take their shit!