To Save the Music Industry, Ban Music—and Whistling
The copyright arguments aren't going to stop until the day music dies
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2009 9:38 AM CDT
A bulldozer rolls over a pile of pirate CDs, DVDs and software in Lima, Peru.   (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)

(Newser) – The music industry wants royalties for the 30-second previews on iTunes—which is "bullshit," writes Nicholas DeLeon for TechGear. It's yet another foolish move in the battle to save the music industry, complains DeLeon. Luckily, he has a "foolproof" way to do just that: Ban music, "shut the whole damn industry down," send iPods to the bottom of the sea, and outlaw whistling.

A music-free society would be rid of  "the RIAA, its dunderhead henchmen and mollycoddled musicians," DeLeon writes, dreaming of a world without recording industry lawsuits. "There’s no piracy, there’s no sons-of-bitches illegally listening to unauthorized 30-second sound clips—think of the lost revenue!—and no reason to sue single mothers because their dumb kids downloaded three Britney Spears songs in 2001."

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Sep 18, 2009 5:56 AM CDT
Prince gave away his album Planet Earth in a British newspaper. He earned $500k over what he'd have made in royalties if he'd actually sold each CD in the papers. Additionally he reached a larger fan base, and sold out all his concerts (21) in Britain.
Sep 18, 2009 2:32 AM CDT
I think Trent Reznor has the right idea. Give you music away, make money off shows. Also most of the people that whine about people dont buy albums anymore, maybe come out with more then one or two good songs per album. Then people would probably buy the whole thing? I dunno that's just my opinion.
Sep 18, 2009 2:13 AM CDT
I'm surprised that the RIAA didn't move to have the "Record" buttons removed from tape players and boomboxes during the 80's...god knows how much "pirated" music I illegally "downloaded" from radio stations...