Believe It Or Not, Record Companies Make Mistakes

Whenever there’s a chance to rag on the utter stupidity of the music industry, I’m so there. So in that spirit, here is Blender’s list of
the 20 biggest screw-ups in its history.
I’m sure they could have stretched it out longer, but who’s got that much time?

Anyway, this list is a great read. Passing on artists who made millions, albums and artists that never were, trying to fight file sharing rather than doing the smart thing and monetizing it, it’s all here.

And speaking of the music industry, there’s a chance that all of the underhanded tactics that the RIAA likes using to file ridiculous lawsuits against you and I and our grandmothers, the ones that they’d rather us not know about,
could become public knowledge real soon.

Friday may mark a significant milestone in the RIAA’s legal campaign against file-sharing, as it is the deadline for exonerated RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen to refile her malicious prosecution lawsuit against the record labels. Soon afterwards, discovery will begin, and all sorts of unsavory details about the RIAA’s legal campaign against suspected file-sharers are likely to emerge.

Andersen is a single mother living in Oregon who was sued by the record labels in February 2005. She eventually filed a counterclaim against the RIAA, and when the labels voluntarily dismissed their case against her last June, she filed a malicious-prosecution lawsuit. In it, Andersen accuses the RIAA of fraud, racketeering, invasion of privacy, libel, slander, deceptive business practices, and violations of the Oregon state RICO Act.

This has the potential to get very, very interesting.

Good luck Tanya. Everybody with a clue is pulling for you.

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