More on the RIAA

by Miguel de Icaza

Janis Ian:

Costing me money? I don't pretend to be an expert on intellectual property law, but I do know one thing. If a music industry executive claims I should agree with their agenda because it will make me more money, I put my hand on my wallet?and check it after they leave, just to make sure nothing's missing


Again, from personal experience: in 37 years as a recording artist, I've created 25+ albums for major labels, and I've never once received a royalty check that didn't show I owed them money.

The article goes on to explain what things the RIAA should do if they really cared about artists (they dont) instead of caring only for their own profits.

The issue here is profits: The artist needs are not going to enter the picture, unless they will help profits. In the above article, a nice case is made.

Courtney Love said the same thing two years ago in Courtney Love does the Math in Salon.

Peru report

In Peru, the free software law is getting very good coverage.

The coverage is in depth, with interviews to the congressmen behind the law, and what it means to people.

In spanish.


Another real hero speaks: Why I wont serve Sharon:

No more. No more excuses. We members of Courage to Refuse, reserve soldiers who have vowed not to serve in the occupied territories, will not set foot beyond the 1967 line unless it is in civilian clothes and as invited guests.

Posted on 05 Jul 2002