I was watching RIAA president Cary Sherman on CNN this morning. A reasonable guy, with a straight pitch. We know our future is on the Internet. We want people to enjoy music. We don’t mind if you make copies of the music but don’t go into competition with us, don’t distribute the music. Hard not to sympathize when he says it so reasonably.
They got a $222K judgement against a Minnesota woman yesterday. We’re thinking about it. And of course that’s what the RIAA wants us to do, right. Think. Okay. We’re thinking. Hopefully they’ll do some thinking too.
First, Sherman seems so reaonable, makes me wonder if a negotiation is possible. I’ve always said I want to pay, but like Sherman, I want it to be reasonable. I’ve already purchased music on vinyl, then tape, then CD, if I’m going to do it again on the Internet I want a better deal than last time.
We got a good piece of what we want with the Amazon MP3 store. But I’d like to buy music in bulk, in MP3 form. Like I said, I don’t mind paying, a reasonable amount of money. Half-terabyte disks cost $150, and the prices keep coming down. I’d like to go down to Fry’s and buy a half-terabyte of music (they’re not going to like this) for another $100. I’d like it already installed on the hard disk. Put the RIAA brand on it if you like. Make a deal with Seagate?
Anyway, I’m thinking, I’m thinking.
How about music-lover’s liability insurance?
Companies, even small startups, buy director’s liability insurance. Without it they’d never get high net worth individuals to serve on their board.
How about RIAA and MPAA insurance. Pay $1000 per year and download all you want, sure that if the RIAA wins a judgement against you, you’re covered.
I bet a lot of people would go for it. Think of the peace of mind it would buy.
Then hopefully, the RIAA would get the idea that they could cut out the middleman.
PS: William Smith thinks someone is doing it.
PPS: Kim Jong Il may need some MLLI?
Flying from SFO to JFK on Virgin America.
Should be interesting. Power at the seats so I’m not going to bring an extra battery. They have USB ports, not sure what they do. For charging devices with USB chargers? No wifi yet. I’ll take pics with my iPhone. People are curious about this airline. Me too.
Apparently it’s really hot in the east. I’m still going to pack a couple of sweaters. It could get cold in NY in early-mid-October.
A bit of feedback to anyone at Virgin America who might read this. Your site could work a lot better with Firefox on a Mac. Come on! You’re based in SF, not Redmond.
Ooops, look what happened when I tried to print my boarding pass. Repeatable.
PS: Virgin America is in the air today.
Boston blogger dinner, Oct 18, 6PM.
Lance Knobel on the WSJ personal pages.
Declan McCullagh analyzes the RIAA victory in Minnesota.
Tim O’Reilly on the “Web 3.0 Nonsense Blogstorm.”