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The new jobs a hassle and the kids have the flu…

I have to say, I was very disappointed with the Grokster announcement today. I know that this will upset more then a few members of my family, but I think that this is a bad decision that will ultimately result in the further decline of record sales.

Essentially, a law has been passed that now allows for the major to release significantly more crap. This will ultimately result in labels signing more artists, not paying them jack and then putting out a record that sucks. The record will have one good song on it and then the group will put out a greatest hits album that contains 14 different remixes of the first album. Eventually people will catch on to this scam and they will stop buying records.

What is really interesting is that the people that don’t sell a lot of records, Wilco, Chuck D, Janis Ian, are all for file sharing technology, while artists that ship a lot of product, Don Henley, the Dixie Chix and other bands that need more money like I need a hole in the head claim to be against this. I have a feeling that Toby Keith is a tool of the man for his ultra-right wing image that he portrays. He has no idea that he is being controlled or who is pulling the strings. I feel that these major label artists are all being told what to say and when by their labels.

Ultimately, this is going to hurt any small independent artist. It will make it more challenging for them to get their music out to the masses. I don’t want to go too far out on a limb and say that this is the end of independent music, but it is certainly a damper on anyone trying to use this great technology to spread the word about their product.

Tomorrow, taking responsibility for your product.
Schnaars

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