The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 August 2003

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As everyone knows by now, the RIAA has declared a jihad on people who swap music files, and regardless of my opinion of the premise that customers who buy "intellectual property" don't quite own it, this particular offensive strikes me as so clueless, so ill-advised, so devoid of common sense, so violently opposed to building a bridge to what's left of the RIAA's customer base, that I really don't understand why Terry McAuliffe isn't getting paid some sort of royalties for it.

Another wrinkle now suggests itself, and the suggestion arises from this single line at Fly Over Country:

I mainly used Kazaa to search for live U2 stuff.

Live U2 stuff being generally unreleased (we used to call such things "bootlegs"), there's no possible way the record company is losing any revenue off this kind of material. Therefore, I must assume, any RIAA efforts to stomp out distribution of same far exceed whatever dubious legitimacy the DMCA has conferred upon the jihad — unless, of course, they have a note from Bono.

(This reasoning would not, of course, apply to material that has been released but has been locked up in the vaults, such as the Cameo-Parkway catalog; the company's ownership of that material is not in doubt.)

Posted at 2:32 PM to Tongue and Groove

Thanks for the link. Also, I have read that U2 don't care about the bootlegs. They have some concern that people may be getting ripped off due to poor sound quality, and I do have some experience with this part of bootlegging.

But, and let the word go forth -- the only bootleg that U2 care about was the 3 CD Salome set that came out around the time of Auchtung! Baby. The DAT tapes were stolen from the studio before they were finished recording the album and they hate that all the unfinished material is floating around. I had an opportunity to buy said 3 CD set but passed it up out the goodness of my geeky, geeky U2 heart.

Also, I just managed to snag a U2 Bootleg off of Ebay that I have been chasing for about 5 years: Rock's Hottest Ticket. It is the Chicago concert in 1987 right after the Time Magazine cover. So, I have that going for me.

Posted by: Chris at 3:27 PM on 4 August 2003