Thursday, April 05, 2007

RIAA asks "who gave you these things, boy?"

Nine Inch Nails came up with rather a neat idea for promoting their forthcoming record. To whet the world's appetite for some more songs about fucking, misery and whips, the band left some hard drives with music on at their recent gigs. Fans find the drives, share the music online, awareness is raised, gimps are sent down to the record shop to buy on day of release.

What could possibly go wrong?

The RIAA, that's what. They've started to send cease-and-desist letters to people for participating in a campaign created and orchestrated by one of their own members.

Besides suggesting once again that the RIAA are a segment of biomass still in search of a direction, that they sent out c-and-ds on behalf of a copyright holder without checking with the owner of the copyright reveals another piece of slackness underpinning the cartel's activities: they're apparently sending out threats before checking their facts. Sloppy, ill-advised and questionable behaviour again from this organisation that positions itself as some sort of moral force.
[Thanks to Nick S for the link]

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