But guuuuuys, Don't you see?! it's in the BEST INTEREST of the CONSUMER?! (I really wish they would cite even ONE example of how that's possible.)
An industry that drops millions on movies like 13 Ghosts knows what's best for me? I'm INSULTED that a group like that EVEN CONTEMPLATES to know what's best for me. The RIAA is a massive group though, probably on the border of a Trillion dollars, or more. They have deep pockets, this problem WILL NOT GO AWAY. DDOS attacks against them will be more frequent, I suspect, as their bill comes closer to a vote. On a side note, Comcast Roadrunner, & other cable companies SHOULD be on our side, but unfortunately they too are owned by "Parent" organizations. How ironic that the same companies that provide the bandwidth to distribute the files, are owned by the companies that want to stop file distribution & modification.
Unfortunately for Hollywood, real life hackers & crackers are not like those portrayed in SH*TTY HOLLYWOOD FILMS.
Wake up hollywood, Napster was first, but there's more and more holes appearing in the dike, and the RIAA has only so many fingers.
The problem is that they have the power and the cash to BUY legislation that makes it ILLEGAL to even THINK about copying their products... even for fair-use. The DMCA is one of the most badly-written and draconian pieces of legislation that I have ever seen.
If I make a copy of a CD that I paid for to listen to in the car, I should be allowed to do that. Copyright law considers this "Fair Use" and allows it. The DMCA does not - the RIAA wants to REQUIRE me to buy another one.
That's pure greed. I have bought the right to listen to the music. Why should I have to buy that right twice?
To be fair, piracy IS a problem... but goose-stepping up and down the consumer's back with big black jackboots is not the answer.
The RIAA, MPAA et al need to embrace the brave new world and movce with the times, instead of clinging to their old business models and paying for tougher legislation to prop it up.
When I heard that a number of companies were offering the ability to download legitimate high quality songs my interest was piqued, but when I discovered that ALL of the alternatives offer only a small selection of the back catalogue of music and are charging roughly £1.00 GBP per song you can imagine my response.
Not only are they NOT supplying CD quality music, they expect us to pay a premium to buy the rights to play ONE copy of the music in a non-transferable form. Add to that they don't need to pay for distribution (apart from bandwidth), packaging, storage media or need to include the retail sector's VERY high markup and you have one incredibly greedy and shortsighted project that is doomed to failure.
Unless they can bring the price closer to 10-20p per track (UK prices) then I will continue to sample my music in any way I please. Until they come and get me.