Wednesday, April 14, 2004

LET'S HOPE THE RIAA STICKS TO ITS GUNS: We're fascinated by this piece from yesterday's New York Times:

American troops arrive for duty in Iraq with a rifle in one hand, a wrench in the other and a lot of American pop culture in their rucksacks.
[...] At the Kirkush Military Training Base in the eastern Iraqi desert less than 15 miles from the frontier with Iran, an hour's wait for a helicopter was spent listening to Marilyn Manson, Eminem and Shania Twain before the Black Hawk fired up its turbines and somebody back in the barracks, as if on cue and with a dark sense of irony, cranked up Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."
The songs came from a European satellite music channel and a communal computer where 12.8 gigabites of tunes had been downloaded for sharing on MP3's. The rule was simple: Take some music, add some music.
"Any time anybody on the team gets a new CD, they load it in, so we stay pretty current," said Sgt. Thomas R. Mena.


Now, we've been pretty damning of the RIAA's attempts to enforce the message that filesharing is bad, but we're almost prepared to accept they're serious about it if they send their people off to Iraq to stop this - why, it's almost as if the troops are stealing CDs, etc, etc...


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