Downloading Music: You’ll Pay for That!! For Some, TWICE!!

I am a big Techcrunch fan. For those who don’t know what Techcrunch is a tech blog run by Michael Arrington. He reviews new start-up companies and well, if he writes about you good or bad, lots of people flock to you site. It’s called getting Crunched.

I digress, Michael wrote a post on the 28th of March that I briefly touched on March 16th. Yes, this article pissed me off so much that I am writing ANOTHER article about it. I was so angered when I read Michael’s article (Not mad at Michael just the subject of the article) that I screamed because Warner Music really is gunning for the $5 a month for each customer to pay their ISP, if their ISP volunteers to opted into the deal with Warner.

Yes, its voluntary for ISP to sign up for the “program” but once the ISP says it will take part in the $5 a month per customer scam…I mean program, everyone who uses that ISP, example, Comcast, would have to pay the $5 per month fee regardless if they download music illegally or if you download music at all.

Why would an ISP want to take part in a deal with someone like Warner Music? They don’t want to get sued for being an accomplice in copyright infringement that takes place over their lines by their customers. Wow, sounds very evil of labels to do this, but then again they do sue the hands that feed them. Yes, they sued people for downloading music illegally, but I bet those people also bought music before too. Maybe there was something wrong with the product that they didn’t feel there was enough VALUE in buying the music anymore.

Iwas enraged and I know my Apple loving roommate won’t stand for this. She’s ready to pound on Apple’s door and tell them she’s not paying for music anymore. Hell I’ll drive her there. Who can blame her, she downloads from iTunes because it’s legal. Why should people who download legally and don’t download at all be charged for doing it legally or not at all.

My big question to this: Does this mean I can pay $5 a month to the ISP and download an unlimited amount of music for free from P2P sites? Does this mean my business no longer needs to get licenses for people to download the music on my site? Why should I get performing licenses from 2,000 different entities and pay 3 corporations thousands of dollars just to compensate for their losses from this, because we know they will jack up licensing prices. The Aggregators will have to pay for this mess and frankly I wish the labels would just go away already. The only one I can deal with is Nettwerk Music. They are open to new business models and don’t want to take all my business money like ASCAP(publishing). When ASCAP caught wind that I make money from services on my site besides advertising they wanted pieces of that too. That’s like Gwen Stefani asking for more money from Macy-Field because Coach sells their merchandise their too. IF you can’t find a way to make money of your own merchandise don’t ask for a cut of someone else’s. It’s just bad business practice.

I’ll pay the ISP $10 a month if I don’t have to obtain all those licenses and permissions from all the artists. Hmmmmm…..wait a second I think I have an idea.

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