February 2nd, 2006

buzzed, B&W

Music Lawsuits

So, there's this interesting story about a record label actually paying for the defense of someone against the RIAA. The last sentence in the article hits the nail on the head, pointing out that most people settle with the RIAA, even though they may be innocent, because they can't afford lawyers, fees, etc.

Another version of the story talks about how the artists (including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, and the Barenaked Ladies) on the label support the action.

The story is interesting to me for the following:
The record company became involved when Greubel's 15-year-old daughter Elisa contacted Nettwerk rap artist MC Lars, saying she could relate to his tune, "Download This Sing," because her family was being sued by the RIAA.

"You can't fight them, trying could possibly cost us millions," Elisa Greubel said in an email, according to Nettwerk. "The line, ‘they sue little kids downloading hit songs,’ basically sums a lot of the whole thing up. I'm not saying it is right to download, but the whole lawsuit business is a tad bit outrageous.”

So why is that relevant? Well, I really like MC Lars, mainly through my exposure to him through Idobi Radio . . . he's willing to poke fun at the industry and is just solid in general . . . plus it doesn't hurt that I like his stuff. . .

Edit on 2/2/2006 at 1:20 PM MST: Fixed the atrocious subject-verb agreement error . . .