RIAA Wants Less Money For the Artists

In between the lawsuits and general "spit on the consumer" attitude we have had to put up with from the RIAA, we were always assured it was to protect the artists. Well, that ever thinning veil has all but completely vanished with the latest from the recording industry.

In recent petitions to a judge, the RIAA is asking that the current royalties paid to artists be lowered for such recordings as cell phone ring tones and various other digital recordings. Executive VP, Steven Marks, while discussing these recent actions went on record to say, "We hope the judges will restore the proper balance by reducing the rate and moving to a more flexible percentage rate structure so that record companies can continue to create the sound recordings that drive revenues for music publishers." In simple terms, they want less money in the pockets of the artists for the work they created.

News source: IGN

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I finally understand. The RIAA doesn't want piracy to stop. They LOVE IT because it gives them a constant source of excuses to do the things they want to do.

The Record Companies and the RIAA have been ripping off the consumer AND the artist for a long time now. They've just gotten greedier over time and have increased the amount they've been extorting the consumer and artist for.

There was a financial breakdown that was put in public by Courtney Love some years back when this all started. She showed how much the artist actually gets and how it isn't hardly at ALL affected by digital downloading.

The Record Companies and the Corporations are failing the artists, not the digital downloaders. And who is to say that someone who downloads a song won't go get the whole CD later or other CD's by that artist they can't find digitally?

As someone who used to be in the music business during the hair-band days, I definitely can concur with what Courtney posted.

I'm sure it's on the web somewhere.

How long before successful artist build their own recording studio, self finance their own material and own the rights to all their masters? I know artists do it already, but realistically it's only artists like Girls Aloud and Westlife (UK comparison of plastic, corporate creations) who stand to see a detrimental effect of this ruling. Artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Madonna, Robbie Williams etc who have the financial clout to turn their backs on the recording industry would not even notice an effect on their bank balance.
No one wins but the $$$/£££/¥¥¥ hungry RIAA. Don't you just love them! (I don't know, does my sarcasm seep into words).

I think its time that the artists came out and supported the fans for once instead of accusing us all of being lying stealing cheaters.

Come on all you GenX and GenY bands, go on strike and have protests and loveins and sitins just like the pioneers before your era.

figures... now maybe the artists will wake up and say screw them... cause if artists all start making there own record companys etc .... then RIAA will slowly but surely become one with the grave ;)

screw the RIAA, pi***e music like crazy

Haha, they're commiting suicide... :)

I wonder how long it'll take before more and more artists unite under their own distribution and promotion company. A bunch of bands lately have even successfully managed to run their own record companies, so I think it's possible.

Quote - Jugalator said @ #37
Haha, they're commiting suicide... :)

I wonder how long it'll take before more and more artists unite under their own distribution and promotion company. A bunch of bands lately have even successfully managed to run their own record companies, so I think it's possible.

maybe those with enough cash can buy out their contracts... but then what about their material?
would it be theirs or is it the property of the label?

i mean, why would RIAA care about my song being a ringtone unless it's their property and lost money because of it?

All the more reason to continue to not buy cds and to not listen to sell out artists on major labels. That music is centered around profit and is over played and filled with nothing but fakes and unoriginality.

They will defintely get nailed by the artiste themselves. Imagine a heavy protest against this kind of action from the RIAA, that could mean an increase of free music online...

I wish there were no swear filter here, because I feel that my reaction to this absolute farce really needs to bypass it!

has no one else noticed that as soon as digital media came to the scene and the RIAA and p2p and the works music has started to suck? i mean does n one remeber the good ol days when movies and music were good. I have music from the 90's that never gets old the things i listen to right now are good for a week a month then forgotten never to be played again.

I say BRING BACK OLDSCHOOL

While I share your view of music today, I think it's more of a generational thing. There are undoubtedly exceptions, but on a general scale, somewhere around the age of 25, any new band/genre/trend in music just isn't received very well.
10 years from now today's youth will be stating how much the music in 2016 doesn't add up to what they're listening to today.

greedy pigs this its one of those worthless organization that dont do anything, only want to leech money from artists

...and the artists, who already see SQUAT from the royalties on their own works (they can only make enough to live on by touring and playing live), tell the RIAA and the studios they represent to KISS OFF.

Instead of 5 cents a song they can make 50 cents a song or more just selling their own work. Someone's going to "iTunes" independent artists and put the RIAA and their masters right out of business one of these days.

Something needs to happen in regards to the RIAA. Between this and US patents, its getting completely out of control.

"[...] so that record companies can continue to create the sound recordings that drive revenues for music publishers." oooh, they suffer from poorness?
lets all donate!
/sarcasm on id miss those ringing tones really, especially since they are so incredible hard and expensive to create on your own /sarcasm off

-fm

i say move to somewhere (eg. moon) where the riaa cant do f... all! they seem to sue people that dont even have a pc and yet when say the kids of the owner of warner brothers pirate music, the little f...ers get away with it, kill them all

You guys are all forgetting one important fact here: the RIAA does not represent the artists. Artists don't belong to the RIAA - their publishers do. The RIAA is the legal face of the recording companies, not the artists.

So basically, this is just the recording companies trying to screw the artists even more.

RIAA is like any other corporation, only interested in money. Its just a shame that they also seem to care so little for the people that help keep them in business the artists.

i seriously think artists should drop the RIAA... what do artists honestly gain out of it? the RIAA give a tiny fraction of the money they make from suing to the artists, and do the RIAA honestly do anything else? no wonder there are brilliant artists starting their own labels, going with the RIAA means lower royalties and ****ed off consumers... who'd want that?

We'll see how far the average artist gets without the RIAA.
While they may make less per item sold, they sell so much more it balances out. You can't forget that with the added publicity which the RIAA knows how to handle, they can make a killing off concerts and merch.

All the RIAA is interested in is money, they couldn't care less about their artists. The artists concerned need to drop the RIAA and get together to form their own 'RIAA' on their terms.

Quote - Tomo said @ #8
All the RIAA is interested in is money, they couldn't care less about their artists. The artists concerned need to drop the RIAA and get together to form their own 'RIAA' on their terms.

Of course...they are a business and since when do businesses care about anything else? Take airlines for example. They say that they have the customer's safety and comfort as their number 1 priority but on paper it is a whole other ball-game. On paper, money matters even more than safety of comfort. If you look closely, they are willing to put people in danger to minimize fuel costs.

So who is the bigger thief, the RIAA stealing physical cold hard cash from their precious "starving artists" - or people sharing MP3s of songs they probably wouldnt pay for even if P2P didnt exist? Filesharers may be in the wrong, but im sure as hell not seeing anything better or right from these BS mobsters called the RIAA.

RIAA suing people for stealing is like Hitler extolling the values of democratic opposition...just a TAD two-faced.

Artists need to ditch the RIAA. If they wouldn't do it for the fans now they have a reason to do it for themselves.

There should have been no questions as to the real intent of the RIAA..and that was to fatten their personal wallets at the expense of trying to sell the ideal it was for the benefit of the 'Artist'...Maybe it time a Judge ask for an Audit of the RIAA.

Incredible. I'm glad the press continue to report on the jaw dropping amounts of greed and exploitation that groups like the RIAA continue.

Just beggars belief. Really.