You know what grinds my gears? The MPAA and the RIAA. Yeah, that’s right I said it: the MPAA and RIAA grind my gears.
The lawyers at these two fine establishments sue individuals based on copyright infringement. They now argue that people only need to be sharing files (have a file or piece of media in a shared folder) to be breaking copyright laws. They do not actually have to distribute the media to others or have others actually grab their files. I find this ludicrous at best.
What if I leave my car unlocked and, in Latin, write “I Have Music” on a sign above my car. I then leave my iPod on the car. Someone takes my iPod and steals all the music. Am I guilty of distributing copyrighted works?
I say I write in Latin because not everyone can speak/read/write Latin. Just like not everyone has a computer, and not everyone knows where to find and download music and not everyone uses the same sharing techniques. Is it right that people share music? Yes. Is it right that people share copyrighted music? Probably not.
The RIAA should realize that not everyone wants to pay $12 to $18 for a CD that has at most a couple good songs on it. More and more people are buying DRM-Free music from the iTunes store, Amazon.com, and even Wal-Mart. Assuming that there are even 10 good songs on a CD, it’s still cheaper to buy it from the iTunes store than it is to buy the CD from anywhere else (obviously I’m talking NEW and not USED CDs).
And the MPAA should realize that not everyone wants to watch a movie that’s been ripped to 1/7th the quality. My 1080P TV demands 1080P media! I don’t want to view a camcorder recording of a movie. My ears hurt when I play crappy quality over the surround sound system.
Both the MPAA and the RIAA have very bad records when dealing with the public. I’m pretty sure if you look at the costs of things today, you would notice a decent sized percentage of all our legal purchases go to supplement those two PIGS. I always hear arguments that the recording industry and the movie industry lose millions of dollars every year due to pirating. I call Bull Shit on that. Most people that grab music wouldn’t pay for the songs being produced nowadays anyway. I just listen on Pandora anyway 😛
And that’s what grinds my gears.