Disturbed Blasts RIAA Lawsuits
David Draiman is Disturbed about the flood
of lawsuits filed by the RIAA last week against online file traders.
Draiman, the Disturbed frontman, spoke
out against the RIAA latest action during an interview with the San Francisco
The RIAA initiated the latest battle in
the online piracy war last Monday (Sept. 8) when they filed lawsuits against
261 individuals that they accuse of sharing more than 1,000 digital music
files from their PCs. The thought behind this move is not to develop
a new revenue model for the ailing record companies but in hopes that it
will act as a deterrent to keep people from trading in copyrighted music.
(cant beat em, sue em)
Draiman doesnt buy the claim that the
RIAA is looking out for the artists by taking these actions. He says that
its all about protecting corporate profits.
"For the artists, my ass," he said. "I
didn't ask them to protect me, and I don't want their protection."
Draiman feels the industry is taking the
wrong actions and needs to find a better way to utilize the Internet to
"This is not rocket science," he said.
"Instead of spending all this money litigating against kids who are the
people they're trying to sell things to in the first place, they have to
learn how to effectively use the Internet."
He points to the success of Apple Computers
iTunes Store, which has made a splash on the net by succeeding at selling
individual music files to fans for $0.99 apiece. Although the service is
only available to a small number of users who also own Apple computers
or iPod devices, the service has sold over 10 million digital song downloads
since they opened at the end of April.
"Apple has the right idea with the iStore,"
said Draiman. "You'd think these conglomerates like AOL Time Warner would
have easy ways of doing the same thing, with these mergers between record
labels and Internet service providers."
Draiman feels, like many others, that the
industry as a whole is not forward thinking when it comes to the potential
of the Internet. He sees the net as a tremendous tool to artists and labels.
"The focus of the industry needs to shift from Soundscan numbers to downloads,"
he said. "It's the way of the future. You can smell it coming. Stop fighting
it, because you can't."
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