RIAA Coming to Arizona State to Intimidate in Person

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You might say that the RIAA sues first and asks questions later, but it looks like tomorrow at Arizona State it will be more accurately described as suing first and taking questions later. That's because the RIAA wants to have an "open dialogue" with the young defendants of America, so is coming to the campus as part of their Security Awareness Week.


Yes, they'll be taking it to the streets to talk to kids about copyright infringement, P2P downloading, and taking pictures of those in attendance for evidence in future lawsuits. Gizmodo readers in the area, please go, bring your smarty pants, and don't let them get out of there without hearing your nasally, nervous diatribe against their practices. Do it for the children!

Thanks, Aaron!

Event Page [Arizona State]

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Wanted to post this link again, because it's THAT good. Kind of a long read but Ian really lays it out there about what he feels a "musician" REALLY is.

Phoenixdebaser says:

Wanna know the truth - read an interview with Ian MacKaye:


Goes back to the basis for the argument that I always use when people say "but if we steal from the musicians than all the musicians will go away and we won't have any music!" Really? What did "musicians" do 100 years ago? 200 years ago? How could they possibly survive before the "music industry" came around? They PERFORMED, that's how. They were commissioned to write pieces or they had people willing to pay to see them play. Beethoven, Mozart, etc. never sold a single album/CD/MP3...and yet they were quite successful.

Today, however, you can get some talentless ghetto rat or some cutsie teeny bopper to lay down "some tracks" in their basement and become instant millionaires if the right set of circumstances occurs. Personally, I'd like to get back to a time when musicians tried to make music, not money.