RIAA's in-school propaganda asks kids to act as unpaid PR staff


19 Responses to “RIAA's in-school propaganda asks kids to act as unpaid PR staff”

  1. AirPillo says:

    Extortion, corruption, intimidation, censorship, brainwashing, AND child labor!

    At least they’re enthusiastic about self-immolating.

    I think I’ll write to them and suggest that their senior executives start wearing jackets made from the skin of murdered orphans. They might just do it!

  2. oyvinja says:

    Here’s a long overdue news headline I still expect (and hope) to see one day:
    “Coalition of Performing Artists firebomb RIAA HQ!”

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love the smell of freshly mowed astro-turf.

  4. jfrancis says:

    Lying about Fair Use? But that’s rightslifting!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Remember kids; it’s cool to follow the rules. OUR rules.

  6. arkizzle / Moderator says:


    Ha! And FairUse is rights-shifting :)

    e g.

  7. HerkyDerky says:

    I rather like “songlifting”. It’s a new word, so it won’t get confused with stealing, but it also conveys a certain amount of wrongness.

    I know we’re all copyfighters here, but I find it hard to justify songlifting from somebody who wants you to pay for their song. If you like it enough to want it, you like it enough to pay. Besides, it’s theirs, so can’t they do what they want, even if it’s self-destructive? You can’t songlift it and justify it by saying, “but it’s good for you!”

    Anyway, the rest of it seems like BS. But I love the RIAA suggesting you call the (soon to be dead) community newspaper.

  8. Laslo Paniflex says:

    As a teacher, I immediately throw shit like this in the garbage when it appears at my school. Every private interest group has their education wing which spends thousands on developing “lessons” for dumb teachers. Of which there are many.

  9. PhoenixAlly says:

    The RIAA is in denial. They blame their lost revenue on illegal downloading when much of the loss can be attributed to their own actions. The RIAA has abandoned sound business practices like innovation in favor of intimidation and coercion.

    Just because people stop downloading music illegally doesn’t mean they will rush out and purchase what the RIAA is selling.

    I personally want to thank the RIAA for influence they’ve had on the the current evolving music industry. I believe the RIAA’s unethical tactics sped up the idea process bringing us the quality entertainment that was lacking. The demise of the RIAA can’t come soon enough.

    Now there is an extensive selection of free, legal music that artists give away to their fans. They are the real winners in all of this. They no longer have to fight to maintain the rights to their own music. They are free to market themselves instead of having to grovel to some suit behind a desk who has no problem distributing garbage if it generates profits. The $20 album with one good song days are over.

  10. Anonymous says:

    It reminds me of those culture where you punish a man by cutting of his hand. Totally barbaric and out of proportion. The image of fat greasy Studio executive and their lawyers preaching moral to school children is quite revolting.

    ..change or die.

  11. querent says:

    @2 I like. I once pondered whether or not we’d ever see a SUV that ran exclusively on small brown children.

  12. arkizzle / Moderator says:


    Just wait ’til it’s on the curriculum.

  13. Anonymous says:

    So this is okay, but listening to the President might poison their minds?

  14. Marcel says:

    Yes children, we have a program in which you can participate…

  15. PaulR says:

    Dang! Saw this story on Ars Technica and came here to suggest the link along with a comment about Obama’s speech…

    but.. Double Dang! Anonymous @1 beat me to it!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I think education is the only thing.
    Not only for music.
    But needs more years.

  17. Baldhead says:

    Look at it this way: they’ve existed from day one by lying to kids. They’ve merely branched out from lying to their newly signed 18 year olds to lying to everyone else.

  18. Anonymous says:

    LOL. “Songlifting”? I can’t wait for a brilliant lawyer to pick up on this and point out that, since the RIAA even considers downloading a song equal to shoplifting, the penalties should be the same.

    None of this several thousand dollars per song non-sense.

    Whatever these morons try, they’ll just keep digging themselves deeper.

    Artists need to realize that they don;t need these labels to sell their music. Seriously, as an artist, do you want to give away a huge percentage of money to these jackasses for the art you produce. Screw the RIAA and release your own stuff. Get richer, be your own boss. Do it. NOW!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Ripping off children has been the recording industry’s MO almost since the invention of the phonograph, but propaganda as curriculum is a new low. This could never happen anywhere but in the United States of Avarice.

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