(12:57pm EST Thu Jul 24 2003)
I just finished reading your article on your website regarding the Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA] and law suits they are filing against individuals using peer-to-peer software to share music files over the internet. I represent Dust Traxx, Inc. We manage 27 active House and Techno labels worldwide with a roster of 175 artists globally. In 2002, we were the world?s largest producer, manufacturer, and distributor of House music with 390,000 pieces of vinyl sold.
Something that you failed to mention in your article (which I have noticed other publications ignoring also) is that the RIAA only represents a small handful of large record companies. They are not a large ?industry? watchdog group or cartel open to the recording industry to join. Here is a list of members: http://www.riaa.com/about/members/default.asp You will note that 2/3 of the smaller named labels are actually owned by the larger companies such as Sony making the list itself deceptive in nature. Their claim to members producing 90% of the recording industry market on their webpage is also false.
Besides the fact that the RIAA is deceptive in its claim to represent the recording industry, they are filing suite against people trading songs through peer-to-peer software without real cause to be filing the suite. Take a look at the songs they are claiming in their suites are being traded illegally. Some of these songs are NOT owned or licensed by RIAA members making the RIAA claim to copyright infringement invalid.
As one of the largest dance music companies in the world, I can tell you that we are NOT opposed to peer-to-peer trading of music. We feel that the dinosaurs in the industry need to catch up with technology and consumer demands instead of trying to stomp on the consumers it wants to buy its music. Despite the claims to quality of a peer-to-peer shared song, it is NOT as high quality as a piece of vinyl or commercially manufactured CD. We believe that those sharing songs are mainly young teenagers who once they have consumable money to spend will go out and purchase music as adults.
Furthermore, what about the unlicensed version of Linux the RIAA is using to operate it’s website?
As a record label group, we are opposed to the actions of the RIAA in suing individuals, and we are not afraid to speak accordingly. I have personally spoken to at least 20 other companies such as mine around the U.S. since the RIAA took steps to file suites against individual file traders, and I can tell you that the INDUSTRY as a whole is AGAINST these lawsuits by the RIAA. This is going to backfire on the INDUSTRY not help it.
from the desk of Chuck Paugh
Chief Financial Officer / Promotions Director
Dust Traxx, Inc.
3851 W. Eddy St.
Chicago, IL 60618-5013 USA
Web: <a href="http://wwww.dusttraxx.com“>http://w<a href="http://www.dusttraxx.com“>www.dusttraxx.com
A-Squared Muzik – Angel Alanis
Body Music – Ron Carroll
Bunchlox Music – Karl Almaria & Rees Urban
Catalyst Recordings – Terry Mullan
Clashbackk Recordings – Felix Da Housecat
Dust Traxx Chicago – Paul Johnson
Grass Roots Recordings – Rick Garcia
High Octane Recordings – DJ Rush
Hump Recordings – Harrison Crump
Jungle Boogie Records – Lenny Vega
Night Life Collective – Glenn Underground
Simple Soul Recordings – Mazi
STX – Joey Beltram
Uppercut – Frankie Vega
Xylophone Jones Recordings – Tommie Sunshine – by Chuck Paugh