Originally Posted by voodoohippie
What does this to do with Internet Radio? EVERYTHING. Just like a child you give an inch, they want the whole mile. Its time we treat the copyright mafia like children and fight. If say 60 million folks started Shoutcast stations and went through offshore servers they would really have a tizzy. Plus VPN's as well but that won't happen.
By the way the host I was talking about again was f r e e s h o u t c a s t . c o m for the host. They are actually pretty good.
I'd still say it's pretty pointless. BMI, SoundExchange, etc, etc, will always win.
Might be amusing if thousands of shoutcast servers were set up, boradcasting straight commercials, all the while putting commercial song tags in their stream, requiring these folks to actually listen to a stream of commercials before discovering the stream isn't really running anything they can be sued for.
But at the same time, this would make a big mess of the directrory, and it'd be impossible for regular listeners to find good stations. (If only there were a way to detect a lobby-monger listener and direct them to the 24-7 infomercial stream :-) )
The US is not a representative democracy. Unless you can put money in their pockets, it's a pointless fight.. all the protests won't matter. The best you can hope for is someone who placates you. The worst you can hope for is a candidate that exploits these protests to serve the money interests by pitting US citizens against each other.
This year, if they call (doesn't matter which party) tell them that "your candidate doesn't care what people who earn under 5 million want, therefore I don't care what your candidate wants". (sure, go ahead and vote, if it makes you feel better.. it won't make a difference)
We SHOULD be warning citizens in OTHER countries that the US is coming after them, mostly via trade agreements. They HAVE to go after other countries, the US is pretty much already consumed, it's outside the US where all the money opportunities are these days... and they'll get it, if the people of these nations sit by and watch the US move in on their officials.
But, as far as the US is concerned, "She's dead, Jim".