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The Slashdot editors rejected this article -- because they don't want you to see it!

(That's a tautology, designed to sound controversial and get your attention. But now that I have your attention, check out this site for an idea of just how easily the RIAA expects to manipulate its customers.)

orthogonal writes "Hey kids! Let me condescend to you. A site with a '60s look and '50s sensibility pretends to be hip and cool as it dispenses RIAA propaganda in a tone as condescending as a junior high school Health class film.

As a bonus, it appears as if it was written by the "Is it cool or is it whack" troll. Here's a sample of the lowdown, kids:

So what's the deal with downloading music from the Internet? Everyone's talking about it - at home, at school, in chat rooms, in the media - and millions of music lovers are doing it. But a lot of people are confused. Some parents are telling their kids not to download; others think it's okay. Some downloaders are being sued by record companies, others are not. Even some of the people who create and sell music aren't sure what to think - or do - about technology and music.

All the cool kids are gonna check this site out after school!"

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"Subtle" pro-RIAA propaganda site talks down to us

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  • www.cool-2b-real.com [cool-2b-real.com] came along maybe a year and a half ago. Of course, the sponsors (the American beef industry) have added slightly more indication that they're behind the site, but back in the day, there was nothing about them except a couple of tiny links at the bottom of the main page.

    So as I looked through the site the first time, I was kinda wondering why Blue [bluesnews.com] had made it a link of the day. Then I realized that there were references to beef on practically every page! All the recipes had beef!

  • From a quick glance, the site appears to be targetting kids who haven't downloaded their first song. Their trying to influence people before they even try p2p. Kind of like:
    Republicans & Democrats trying to convince Moderates
    Christians & Athiests trying to convince Agnostics

    I know, those are contraversial and poor examples. But what all of those sides are trying to say is, "You're just confused. Let us decide for you."
  • Here's some choice snippets:

    "They argue, and the courts agree, that downloading and swapping music illegally is just like stealing a CD from a store"
    http://www.whatsthedownload.com/whats_the_controv e rsy/the_low_down/index.aspx [slashdot.org]

    They also have a message board.
    here [whatsthedownload.com]

    So I bet if someone posts a link to the message board in a Slash article on the RIAA (near the top), RIAA will be forced to shut the board down :P


    • Since the beginning of music, recording technology has helped music fans listen to their favorite tunes in unique and cutting edge ways.

      So... recording technology from 1672 was..... what? How about in 0AD or 15,000BC?

      What a load of drivel.

  • Of course, copyright laws are clearly unappropiate right now as they stand, and I am all in favour to change them into something more reasonable, which favours us all (including the artists), and not only the greedy corporations... I just want to make you notice that there are current legal alternatives to fight RIIA, such as:

    "5 February 2004 Perth, Western Australia

    New Zealander Anthony Jones announced the third minor release of the iRATE radio client today. iRATE radio provides users with a powerful

  • I went to the site, and noticed the poll on the right. "Do you think that the rules about file-swapping are clear and easy to understand?" With the options of Yes, No, and Not Sure, I clicked on No, and submitted. Sure enough, No has the most votes with 65% of the respondants indicating this choice, with Yes following a distant second at 20% and Not Sure at 14%. But you would never know that from the graph they display. According to the graph, that poll is in a 3 way dead heat, with each choice display
  • I haven't read an awful ot of the site, but it's not totally one sided.

    In the artists' buzz section there's this: ...

    Let's assume the music sales downturn is caused exclusively by music downloading over peer-to-peer Internet networks as some executives contend (a contention that certainly merits its own long discussion). ...

    What's clear is, that by pursuing a campaign of suing its customers who use peer-to-peer networks, the music industry is fighting a battle that was lost long ago - all while disregard
  • Not to be picky (but rather to be pedantic), but your first statement is not a tautology. The statements that 'your article was rejected' and that 'the editors don't want us to see it' are not the same. They may, for instance, want us to see it, but not think it's appropriate for this site.

    If you said: "This article was rejected because the editors decided not to post it", that would be a tautology.
    • Not to be picky (but rather to be pedantic), but your first statement is not a tautology

      So the Jesuits have found Slashdot, have they? ;) Thanks for the nitpick.

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