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Friday, January 07, 2005

Downhill Battle for RIAA

Example Example

Downhillbattle.org are not content to simply whine about the state of major labels in the music industry. They are doing something about it in what can only be described as guerilla music warfare....

Buy a digital camera from Walmart. Then take a few thousand of the above stickers, walk boldly into Best Buy, Walmart, and Target, and tag up as many CD's as possible with the shiny red warning labels. Document the whole thing with digital camera.

Upload photos to website, return the "loaner" digicam to Walmart. Done.
You can read the full story right here.

I am definitely getting involved with this group. Hit the website and judge for yourself.

Their site is downright informative, hilarious, and passionate. Check it out.
Downhillbattle.org

5 Comments:

  • Hey Jason,

    Great, great show. Yours is one of the very few I subscribe to and I feel that it's absolutely improving with each download. I love all the new music you're exposing me to. I used to be in the independent scene about 9 years ago and have long since sold out to the man and become far too overwhelmed by my daily responsabilities in the technology industry. Your podcast gives me the same random dabbling of new music I used to get every day when I was in the scene, without staying up past my bedtime.

    Keep up the great podcast. Maybe try to squeeze in some Crimpshrine (Summertime is rocking)at some point?

    Of course this comment has nothing to do w/ Downhillbattle.org. I'm too busy to fire up my email client on this!

    -Patrick

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:44 PM  

  • Got me scratching my head on this one. Why must this site and its members take part in Civil Disobedience when the solution to the entire problem is very simple and perfectly legal? Why do they advocate damaging other people's property? And how does stickering CDs in a Wal-MArt effect the RIAA? It will only raise the price (if the act continues) because Wal-mart will have to pay someone to remove the stickers.

    The solution to the entire problem is easy, perfectly legal and has no repercussions. STOP BUYING. How easy can that get? If people stop buying, they go out of business. Sorry but I don't see the need to perform illegal acts when staying home is so much easier, then anything else.

    Like I said, scratching my head at this one.

    Mark
    5 Speed Cassette.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:03 PM  

  • Mark;
    First, I want to reiterate that I am getting involved with the group, not defacing merchandise. Have you been to their site? There are many alternative ways to get involved, and this is an extreme example. These particular actions (stickering CD's) may be considered criminal, but I think they are appropriate.

    I agree with you that the solution is to simply Stop Buying! You know this because you are educated and have formed an opinion already, yes? Well, their movement is to educate, and guide people to form their own opinions.

    I'm sure we won't see eye to eye on this, and that's ok. But if someone sees that sticker, and it raises their awareness and coaxes them to dig deeper: mission successful. And so what if the prices DO increase? The bands see typically $1 of profit or less from your purchase of a $16 disc. Bands make their money from T-shirts, stickers, concerts, etc.

    I could rant forever, but I'll let their website do that in my place. Bottom line: The RIAA is evil, and has a stranglehold over the music industry, and things need to change. Downhillbattle.org have a passionate and unique approach to making a difference.

    By Blogger Jason, at 9:57 PM  

  • Patrick!
    Thanks for the praise man. Hey I listened to Summertime by Crimpshine, and I agree. That song is rockin! But they broke up in '88? I'm doing my best to highlight new music, but I'll figure out something :-)

    About 7 years ago I dove into the Emo scene, and became disenchanted with it reeeeeal quick. And as we know, emo is now the new Top 40. Doesn't mean I won't play it, but let me tell you, its rewarding scouring for new music and having someone write in to say they enjoyed it...

    So, without continuing this rant: Thanks :-)

    By Blogger Jason, at 10:05 PM  

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