I love to explore the discussion of peer-to-peer networking. I come across many sites where people around the world write that “the U.S. sucks, and they should take the RIAA and shove it up their (expletive)!” It is very interesting to note that so many blame the RIAA on the United States. Maybe you, too, believe this to be true, but here is a wakeup call for everyone.
Many people fail to realize the fact that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is made up of companies that primarily originate in countries other than America:
· EMI — England
· Sony BMG Music Entertainment — Japan
· Vivendi / Universal Music Group — France
· Warner Music Group — United States
Warner Music Group is only the third largest of the group.
I believe it is a shame that companies which originate in other countries have so much power and influence on American government. These companies are able to sue Americans for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and, yet, some countries go free without any consequence for piracy. Why is there no blame placed on Europe or Japan?
I never want to see America being blamed for what the RIAA has done. It is more annoying to Americans than some people from other countries could ever imagine. I know that most of my audience is primarily U.S. based, so if you didn’t know this before, you do now. Be sure to correct anyone who mentions America and the RIAA in the same sentence without properly knowing the facts. I (and most of you) personally hate the RIAA just as much as the next person from every other country in the world.
Now, please go download me a manual so I can figure out how to use my office phone. This is ridiculous. Too many things to get mad about these days…