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Working around a problem

Back in March I joined a boycott of all RIAA-produced music purchases. I did not buy anything from any big-media music company for the entire month. Nor the following month. Last week, I bought a CD for a friend's birthday.

That purchase was a mistake, and one that will not be repeated.

I have about four dollars credit left on my iTunes account, and after that, I'm done giving money to the music industry. I will purchase used CDs, or buy indie CDs directly from the artists, but I will never again give one red cent to the RIAA-member robber barons.

And if you jackasses at the record labels want to know why, you can talk to Hal Leonard.

If you're going to be a dick about guitar tablature, then you obviously don't understand or care about music, and you don't deserve to stay in business. You have, as an industry, shot yourselves in the foot. Everyone with any sense knows that you don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, and your goose is now cooked. So long, farewell, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Oh, and I will never (and have never) download music from a torrent, but I'll keep making mix CDs for my friends. And I'll keep looking up guitar tabs for as long as they're available. You see, I'll never be a professional musician, but I love to play guitar. There are millions of us, all over the world. We are the ones that musicians create music for, not you. You have held human expression hostage for too long, and I, and others like me, will not stand for it any longer.

And MPAA, I'm looking at you, too. Disney exists solely because they were allowed to exploit the public domain, and now they want to take that right away from future generations. So they don't get any more of my money either.

And what of my own creative output? My dream of writing for a living? It's simple. Anything I write for myself will be released under the appropriate Creative Commons license, or similar "copyleft" scheme, until copyright law is torn down and fixed. My work will not be sold or licensed to any corporate entity unless they agree to my terms. (This is mainly to keep Hollywood's grubby mitts off my stories; otherwise I'd just release them straight into the public domain.) If I get an offer to write for someone else, I'll have to carefully check their business practices before accepting. I may or may not become "a success" this way, but I'll have as good a chance as I would within the system (and maybe better), and I won't feel like I "sold out."

Copyright needs to die and be replaced by a more fair and sane system. (Personally, my suggestion would be a twenty-year duration, and only a single person, not a business, can hold a copyright.) But until it gets fixed, well, the human mind is very adept at routing around problems, and copyright, the DMCA, and all of it is a huge problem. So we'll route around it.

Enjoy your crumbling empire, you asshats.

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