Why won’t anyone think of the corporate dinosaurs that malevolently dominated music last century?

Are you one of that tiny, tiny minority of Australians who occasionally downloads music from the internet? If so, you’re a terrible, terrible person and you’re making artists starve. You monster. Check out this new chart of how badly recording companies are doing in the awful new world you’ve created:

Okay, so artists seem to actually be doing better, despite – or, more likely, because of – your villainy. But who cares about that? Look at the only line that’s important – the recording companies’ revenues. See what your contempt for their archaic, artist-exploiting, consumer-screwing, grandmother-suing business model has wrought? If you keep this up, eventually recording studios will just be a service competing with each other for artists’ custom, and the vast majority of money spent by consumers on their music will end up in their pockets instead of those of the middle-men.

What a horrible future. You make me sick.

And what makes it worse is that the only people actively fighting it are the hugely wealthy recording companies and the politicians they’ve bribed. Those poor corporate dinosaurs are utterly doomed, if our governments in any way represent their citizens’ interests and can resist corruptly doing what the lobbyists are trying to pay them for.

Let’s hope that’s not the case.

Please, go back to buying music from them. It’s only by contributing to their coffers that you can help fund their campaign to stop artists taking over.

Give that they might dominate again.

(Via LGWS.)

4 responses to “Why won’t anyone think of the corporate dinosaurs that malevolently dominated music last century?

  1. I wonder if the declining revenue from recordings represents a decline in units sold, or a decline in prices of recorded music? The decline in prices may be as a result in competition from other entertainment media such as games and DVDs.

    The saddest thing of all is the power these leeches wield over our politicians who seem to be more beholden to them than to the electorate.

    This can be seen in the attempts to turn ISPs into police, and in the recent decision to allow the continued shafting of the Australian book-buying public.

  2. I suppose their argument would be “think of how much more artist’s revenue would have gone up without piracy”

  3. their empire was built on sand to start with.

    music, like all art, has no intrinsic value…only what people are prepared to pay for it

  4. The way artists such as Metallica and Lily Allen carry on about sales lost to piracy you would think that artists would be seriously losing out. I know this is really propaganda by the record industry, but I thought they would take their artists down with them. So I find this surprising.

    I always thought that only after the record industry had been destroyed artists would be better off (as you cut out the middleman), but I didn’t think it would happen so fast.

    By the way I have changed blogs. I will now be blogging from: http://www.logmyblog.net/blog/ and not ChrisFryer[dot]com although I will be cross posting on both blogs from time to time.

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