I believe the 9th chapter in “How to become a totally obsolete industry” says “Sue your customers into compliance, use fear as a tactic, if they become sufficiently afraid of you, then they will comply with your wishes.” I’m glad places like whatacrappypresent.com, downhillbattle.org and RIAAradar.com are around. Downhillbattle.org has stickers like “Warning; Buying this CD funds lawsuits against children and families!”.It’s funny, I was so proud about how SOCANN was handling itself in terms of file sharing, until this week when they said that they would beging going after people downloading. Good for you! You show those evil pre-teens! Sue them out of their uppity college funds! That’ll teach them.

Maybe SOCANN can become as viable as SCO? Sue people so that instead of needing to sell your product, you can actually make more money from lawsuits!

Now THAT’s a good business model!

Where’s the government? Why aren’t they protecting their constituants’ rights? The recording industry has been found guilty of plotting to raise CD prices, and was ordered to lower prices on October 15th, 2003, a straw poll conducted by myself while in Vegas, shows that CD prices haven’t friggin’ moved (oh, we’re lowering the price on our catalogue…my butt!).

Of course my favourite move the recording industry has done is make it impossible to copy CD’s onto other devices. I can’t copy A Perfect Cirlce’s new CD onto my X-Box, which means I can’t use A Perfect Circle as a soundtrack in games I’m playing…which means I don’t listen to A Perfect Circle while playing X-Box, which means I don’t really listen to A Perfect Circle right now, which means there’s no way I’ll be buying their next CD…why should I when I can’t listen to this one on my MP3 player at the gym, or my X-Box? For that matter, I refuse to buy an CD that’s copy protected.

Way to go record industry.

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