Once again motherfuckers, it’s on. Let me know what needs to be re-upped. I know some of you all have mentioned shit, but I forget shit and shit’s been hectic the past couple weeks. So if you need something re-upped, this is your time to say something.
So far got WYDU VOL 8, a track off of DJ Double R, The second Bobbito & Stretch radio show, True Culture – Rude Boys Come To Play
Let me know of some other stuff by posting in the comments.
Requests: Go ahead and request things. I saw a couple up in the cbox that I had. Word of warning though, if there are a lot of re-up requests, new requests will take a back seat.
Also, I’ve been pretty laxed about it, but I WILL NOT post up anything that is in print from here on out. I don’t mean to be a dick about it, but I’m going to try to take this blog in a certain direction in the coming months and the posting of albums that can easily be bought might retard the growth and direction I want to take it. I will be willing to email some stuff to people that are active contributors to the site and other blog runners. As far as sharing in print albums on here, I guess I can’t do much about that. If you have a question of whats in print, easiest way to check is go to Amazon.com and see if they themselves are selling the album. If it ships from Amazon, the album is still in print. If it’s handled by another seller only, it’s more than likely out of print.
As I said, I’m not dead set against sharing of music(obviously). I actually think it can help artists in some ways. I do think if you enjoy and album and you have the means, you should buy the album. It only helps make certain that the artist can make more music in the future. I’ve also spent literally thousands and thousands of dollars on shitty albums, so I’ll be damned if I’m going to keep doing that. I will listen to things first.
As far as what I’m doing and other blogs such as Bust The Facts, I think we are keeping the culture and the music alive that otherwise would be forgotten. I mean really, how often have you gone to Bust The Facts or came here and found something you had forgotten about ages ago. I know I have myself. We are keeping the legacy of some artists and music alive. For that, I don’t feel bad about it.
Why am I talking about this, other than the fact that I have my own selfish motives in mind? I ran across this on a myspace bulletin. The RIAA has great power and I figured it would be sooner or later before they came cracking down on this blogging explosion. I myself have remained relatively untouched by RIAA (knock on wood), but I’ve heard of and seen Record Labels and/or artists put the foot down. Now if an artist comes to me and asks me to take something down, I’ll respect their wishes in a heartbeat, but seriously, the RIAA and some of the labels that feed us bullshit music are the ones that need to check themselves. Make good music and more often than not, people will buy it……anyway here is the post…
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
A landmark legal case on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America and other global trade organizations seeks to criminalize all Internet file sharing of any kind as copyright infringement, effectively shutting down the world wide web – and their argument is supported by the U.S. government.
Ray Beckerman, a lawyer representing clients in cases against the RIAA, recently took part in a conference call organized by DefectiveByDesign.org, an organization which opposes DRM Technology, content restricting programs embedded into software that blocks users access to music, movies, software and other forms of digital data.
Beckerman describes how Internet users are randomly targeted by the RIAA for simply having a folder of music on their computer, kept in the dark about legal details and intimidated into paying thousands of dollars immediately or facing a federal lawsuit. The RIAA doesn’t even attempt to prove copyright infringement with specific examples, dates or times – it simply coerces and threatens the victim until they relent into paying out huge settlement fees.
“They have an investigator pretend to be a user of KAZAA or one of the other similar file-sharing networks. He finds a shared files folder that has a goodly number of copyrighted songs in it. He has no idea whether those song files were obtained legally, whether though payed downloads, or through making personal copies from one’s own CD for backup purposes, or whether anything illegal was ever done with those files, whether anyone ever copied one. And what he does: he takes a screen shot of this shared files folders (He of course does not see the folders, he merely sees the text in the metadata) and decides that this is a big shared file folder.”
“Then through some secret process which he will not share with us and has tried to conceal from the courts, he then associates it with a dynamic ip address. And then, after he has what he believes is the correct dynamic ip address, for the date and time at which he made that screen shot, he then brings a proceeding to get the name and address of the subscriber who paid for the internet access, which of course would tell us nothing. But once he gets that information he then sues the person.”
In one case, UMG vs. Lindor, a cleaner who has never used or owned a computer but simply dusted near one was sued as an online distributor in peer to peer file sharing.
Accusing the RIAA of “conducting a reign of terror” by bringing lawsuits against defenseless people, Beckerman warned that one case in particular, Electro vs. Barker, has the potential to shut down the Internet completely.
RIAA’s argument is that Miss Baker, a poor nursing student who lives in housing projects, should be prosecuted on the basis that “merely making files available on the internet is in and of itself a copyright infringement.”
Beckerman calls the complaint “a shocking argument because if it were accepted it would probably shut down the entire internet.”
The U.S. government has also filed legal briefs supporting the RIAA’s argument.
Deep sixing the entire Internet seems a highly unlikely move in that it would probably derail the world economy and put thousands of huge transnational corporations out of business. An outc
ome more likely to happen if this ruling is accepted is that it would further pave the way for government regulation and tracking of the Internet, namely “Internet 2,” a completely controlled, surveilled and autocratic cyber police state similar to the Chinese model, whereby website owners have to obtain government permission to run a blog, be approved by a biometric thumb scan just to turn their computer on, and immediately get their Internet access shut off if they misbehave.
This case is another attack arm of forces in government and the corporate structure that seek to suffocate the last outpost of true freedom of speech and dissent and it must be countered at all costs.
I’m not the most political person. Maybe I should be, but this one kind of hits close to home. This is starting to infringe on my rights as a person, it’s not just about sharing music anymore.
Now, I understand this might be a bit extreme. It might be some conspiracy bullshit, but none the less, they always seem to find a way to shut shit down. Look at what happen to Napster & Audio Galaxy. I’m suprised they haven’t nailed Kazza (I don’t use it, but it seems to be the most popular one).
Anyway, something to think about and watch about. As I’ve said, I haven’t been hassled by the RIAA yet, but I wouldn’t be suprised to be seeing something within the next year.