Our View

Apr 122005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

The time has come has come for us to all rise up and take a stand against the evil suits in the recording industry.

Soon the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) will be filing copyright infringement lawsuits against 405 students at 18 different colleges and universities across the country.

The music industry has taken its sights off people like Shawn Fanning, the creator of Napster, and re-aimed its focus to the industry's own audience.

By keeping this trend up, the music industry will be digging itself a premature grave.

The way people listen to and access music is evolving, and the music industry must evolve as well.

Litigation and court hearings represent the very thing music rages against.

Many bands are supported solely by college-aged adults. By suing us, the industry alienates us. This is the last thing that an already-struggling industry needs.

To take a line from Tom Petty, "the revolution is here."

The music industry must adapt or become obsolete.

Naturally the industry is resistant. MP3s, iPods and downloads pose a serious threat to music as we know it.

But this isn't the end. The music industry will simply have to take the focus off CDs and focus on things like iTunes and the newly revamped Napster.

Music will never die.

Consider these times as simple growing pains.

After the music industry realizes the error of its ways and chalks the money loss up to the times, it will immerge just as strong as ever.

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