Well Big Brother is at it again. A copy-protected CD, "Contraband" by Velvet Revolver (irony?), has topped the Billboard Album Charts here in the good ole' US of A. This means that we law-abiding citizens may soon lose control of media we rightfully, legally buy. The record industries are punishing a multitude for the sins of a few. I, like many other music fans, do indeed rip my CDs to my computer, but not because I want to share them with the world illegally, but rather for convenience. It's a heck of a lot easier to click on an mp3 file than it is to load a CD in, launch Windows Media Player, etc. Also, I use these mp3 files for mix CDs, which are (legally speaking), no different than mixtapes, which were proved utterly and completely legal in the Home Recording Act. Now, I don't have an mp3 player, but I know many do, and these copy-protected discs make it very hard for them to move their legally purchased music to mp3 players. This goes on to prove that the RIAA and their cohorts worldwide do nothing but HURT music fans by assuming that we are all guilty until proven innocent, instead of the other way around. This is still America, RIAA. Stop treating the general public like criminals and start giving listeners the dignity to make our decisions about whether to keep or break the law. You'll find not as many people are on the "dark side" as one would suspect. On a side note, I will soon be debuting a music oriented website christened "The Music Junkie". Born out of the WbMztr Zack's Essential Albums List, The Music Junkie will be a site for news, reviews, and other good stuff about the artform that we cannot live without.

written 6/19/04 at 12:08AM Eastern Time


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