[LAU] <OT> 'Sir' Elton John (a.k.a. Pennyhouse with rolls) wants to shut down the web <off topic>

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Thu Aug 2 15:24:25 EDT 2007

Vince Werber wrote:

> On a lark I surfed over to Matt Drudge's web site (www.drudgereport.com) to 
> see if there was anything new on the ASCAP lawsuits and lo and behold... 
> There is a story about Sir Elton wanting to shut down the web because he 
> thinks the web music people are in some way causing a problem with music...

Sir Elton is just mouthing the fundamental RIAA issue with the web. An 
artist who produces his or her own music (indies) no longer NEEDS the 
RIAA distribution middlemen to sell music. When artists and the public 
realize this, it will be the end of the RIAA as a distribution 
middleman. Especially as the kinks are worked out of the burn-on-demand 
process and stores can sell CDs without having to invest cash in 
physical stock.

If the RIAA is smart (like the print publishing industry should become), 
they'll realize that their valuable skill is their professional 
expertise with making quality content, not making CDs and distributing 
them. At which point an artist wouldn't sign with a distributor, they'd 
sign with a producer.

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