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Is ASCAP a Four Letter Word, like RIAA and MPAA?


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June 29, 2010

You know, I think I've just about had it with the likes of RIAA, MPAA, and now the ASCAP, too. These institutions are turning themselves into the unwashed anus of the world. I would like to ignore them, but the filth that they are spreading, it angers me.

Let's see, the RIAA and MPAA are the associations of publishers of music and movies, respectively, and they're the ones who bring tens of thousands of lawsuits against people for sharing music and movies illegally. The fact is that people have done that kind of thing for decades before the web made is so much easier, it's what people do, spread around what they like. Sure, it's not legal, but because the RIAA and MPAA refuse to adjust their business model to match the needs and wants of their customers, and rather crush them like bugs, I've stopped buying music and movies from anyone with ties to the RIAA or MPAA. I simply cannot justify giving even a penny to feed their litigious apparatus.

And now, the latest is the ASCAP's attack against freedom and choice. Yes, you heard that right. ASCAP member Mike Rugnetta sent out a request for donations, effectively to fight an artist's choice of how to license his or her own works; he claimed that Creative Commons, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, etc. exist to convince everyone that everything should be free of copyright and cost nothing. It's preposterous, to be sure, but due to people like that at the helm, membership in the ASCAP will become a red flag for me, just like it has become for the RIAA or MPAA members.

If I had one wish, I'd like to get the whole world to purchase nothing from those idiots for one full year and (and this is the important part) for the idiots to realize that it's all because of their own stupidity. Well, I can dream, right?

"Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals."
— Mark Twain

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