Except, Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal who have been cosying up to HMG to get a special short circuit the channels of justice open to the average person in the street have been ripping off the music and artists who they are apparently so desperate to protect.
The labels have made a habit of using songs from a wide variety of artists for compilation CDs without securing the rights. They simply use the recording and make note of it on “pending list” so they can deal with it later. This has been going on since the 1980s and since then the list of unpaid tracks (or copyright infringements) has grown to 300,000.
300,000?!You'd have to be a particularly dedicated student or single mother to knock them off. Apparently a group in
How and why this blatant copyright infringement could go on for years is a mystery, but the labels’ double standard has been picked up by the plaintiffs as well. “The conduct of the defendant record companies is aggravated by their strict and unremitting approach to the enforcement of their copyright interests against consumers,” the artists argue in their claim for damages.
The suit is still ongoing but already the labels have admitted to owing at least $50 million for infringing the rights of artists, and this figure could grow as high as 6 billion. So who are the real pirates here?
This is exactly why small governments are desirable. Not so some fat fuck doesn't have to pay any tax on his unearned great grandfathers smart property investments. So you don't end up with a quasi facist alliance of Government and Business. Don't get me wrong business is good, it creates wealth and the people who stick their necks out to create that wealth should get to keep it. But they damn sure should not get a different set of rules to play by or taxpayer propping just because some fat cunt wonk is looking for a cushy board room job post the election.