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2005-02-19, 08:08
When the RIAA launched its first lawsuits against filesharers on September 8th 2003, there was a call afterwards to boycott purchases from the RIAA member companies by downhillbattle.org and p2pnet.net with a joint project called Stop RIAA Lawsuits Coalition (http://www.3-3-3.org/forum/showthread.php?t=152). They weren't the first to call for a boycott of the RIAA, nor the last, but their timing was good because it came not long after the first RIAA lawsuits. At the time I signed up this website, along with a couple of hundred others that also signed on in support of the boycott.

Boycotting is an economic action that puts pressure on a company to reform its ways and to behave responsibly. In modern history the best example I can think of was the one in Montgomery Alabama in 1955 by people who were outraged that Rosa Parks had to sit in the back of the bus because of her perceived Race. Staging a boycott is like what union workers do when staging a strike. You make sacrifices to show someone that you are unhappy and will not accept the way business is conducted. With the bus boycott it made sense: they did not want to pay a bus fare when it meant that they would get unsatisfactory treatment as customers. Their boycott was an economic protest and a social protest. In the end it was a Supreme Court ruling that stopped the policy of Racial discrimination on the bus, rather than the conscience of the bus company.

I wonder what people expect when participating in a boycott. By putting economic pressure on a company, they are encouraging the company to change its ways by finding that it is more profitable to behave in a certain way that the boycotters would like to see. Yet every victory that occurs must feel somewhat shallow on the part of the boycotters, because they will know that the reason their target changed its ways was that it was economical to do so, and not because it involved a change of conscience. What bothers me about that is the dishonesty behind it. After the boycott has ended you end up giving people your business when you know that they are still the same scumbags as before, but only this time they are a little more suave and now they smile to you and talk sweetly while they take your money. Is that really what we want out of a boycott?

I do not have the Christian mindset, so I do not love my enemies or consider them to be reformable. I believe there are just some people who are plain greedy, evil, and ill mannered, and rather than trying to reform them into playing nice through pressure like a boycott I think that they must be either ignored, rendered impotent, or destroyed. As for the RIAA, the attempt to boycott them suggests that they are worthy of being reformed or capable of behaving in a respectable manner. There is no good in the RIAA so there is no point trying to reform them or change their ways. Instead we should focus on a constructive way to deal with their existence; seeking changes in the law to prevent the abuse and harassment of people that occurs with the filing of friviolous civil lawsuits, or changes in the law to restrict the ownership and power of people who claim to have intellectual property that is protected by copyright.

There is another reason why I oppose a boycott of the RIAA. It is because a boycott is an economic statement. In the world of p2p filesharing, the uncorrupted lot of us do not share or download mp3s because we are mad about CDs being too expensive, but because we love our music and we love to share our music with our peers. So there is no economic statement to be made on our part. We will continue sharing and acquiring our music in whatever manner we choose to, because we are music lovers, regardless of the buzz of lawsuits and who claims to own the music. We know that we own the music because we are its fans. Music is life; we could not live without our music and the good feeling we get when we share it with our peers. Here's to life, to liberty, and to the pursuit of happiness.

2005-02-21, 23:15
I totally agree with the last paragraph. The rest? I don't know...

2005-02-22, 04:27
they will fall
we the people have to final say
if we are brave enough to stand up and do it
we as a collective conscious body will not allow this world to whore off the human mind

2005-02-22, 04:29
if it happens we deserve it though our own inaction or allowing to be distracted
"now watch this drive" :D

2005-02-22, 04:32
and E the lack of love for others is a lack of love for yourself but mostly a misconception of how the world works
the other reveals the self
light reveals darkness

hate the other hate oneself

but it's alright we all get to that point

it is bred into us

and it is not a christian mindset exclusively
in fact it is part of most religions with any good philosophical basis

2005-03-03, 05:01
Comparing the acts of people who are trying to set up a boycott of the RIAA
with those that were fighting for equal rights is ludicrious no matter how
you look at it

i download music. fully knowing that it is nothing to do with anything other than
i want to get that particular album or that particular song without paying for it.
No grandious views of fighting for equal rights, or that the cd's should be
lowered in price. I'm a crook.

That's why boycotts, the griping, the complaining that goes with the scene
is incredibly funny to me as a whole. With the latest attacks on the bittorrent
and P2P communities and the uproar of everyone scurring around looking to
keep they're activities a secret. perhaps a modification of a familiar phrase
should be used.

let the robber beware.

The idea of downloading music and defending it as being because of the need
of economic reform is similar to the logic presented by Harry Harrison with
his uber thief The stainless steel rat. you take something, and the insurance pays
for the lost items. the lost items become more valuable because less of them
are in public circulation so it is a civic duty to steal.

Just doesn't hold water. if your going to download music, download music
because you want it, or want to sharre iit with others. But don't BS you way
into thinking your doing anything glorious for society. Your getting something
you want. It's that simple.