Joint Statement Regarding PIPA (S.968) & SOPA (HR 3261)

Ricky Stevens deltabluz@HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 25 08:01:12 EST 2012


Exactly.  I anyone anywhere is making money off the music the musician deserves to get paid.


Ricky Stevens 

Arkabutla, Mississippi

> Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 07:52:50 -0500
> From: Sonlewis1@AOL.COM
> Subject: Re: Fw: Joint Statement Regarding PIPA (S.968) & SOPA (HR 3261)
> To: BLUES-L@LISTSERV.NETHELPS.COM
> 
> Yes, my music is available legally... No... YOU shouldn't have to pay to
> hear my music on the radio BUT if the station sells advertising and you
> listen  to that station (and that advertising) because you hope to hear my music
> or  music LIKE mine then the STATION or BROADCASTER should pay me...  If
> it's a  free podcast or non-commercial like NPR then I wouldn't expect to get
> paid.
> 
> If you buy something and want to make a million copies for your personal
> use, go for it.... but it you want to make copies to give to your friends so
> they don't have to pay for it, I have a problem because you are stealing
> from  me...
> 
> I have no problem with some hearing my music before they buy... in  fact, I
> encourage it.  I WANT them to like it and not be disappointed  before they
> plunk down money.
> 
> I don't believe I have any problems with what you want to do UNLESS someone
>  somewhere is making money directly or indirectly from MY WORK and MY
> EFFORTS and  MY FINANCIAL INVESTMENT (it's not cheap to record and put out an
> album or  single)....
> 
> Son  Lewis
> Blues Vocalist/Guitarist
> _www.sonlewis.com_ (http://www.sonlewis.com/)
> _http://www.youtube.com/silkcitycd_ (http://www.youtube.com/silkcitycd)
> 
> 
> In a message dated 1/25/2012 2:20:58 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> yupduluth@msn.com writes:
> 
> Is your  music available legally? (I am a fan of yours,by the way) And
> should I pay  every time I hear your music on internet radio?Do you believe I
> have the right  to hear your song before I buy it?May I record your song if it
> is on a  radio?AAnd if I like a so.g of yours,and buy the album legally?
> When I was  young,we used to record radio specials,and play them riding around
> in our  cars.Friends would hear the music and we would buy the albums to
> play on our  home stereos.We have two problems here,the crime of the theft of
> your whole  album,and people listening to a song before they buy it.It is
> perplexing, to  say the least.I think the commies need to have a law like the
> one we have and  ENFORCE IT.I believe the majority of the people in the
> US.are honest and don't  want to rip off the musicians they love.I fought for
> and love the people of  this country.And you should know that the money you
> work hard for,comes from  fans who love your music.And please,oh please don't
> judge all as  one.
> In closeing,I would like to make a parilell  statement,"If they take away
> our right to bear bongs,only bears will have  bongs".If we put to many
> restrictions and laws that put a stone on honest  people, we might end up as our
> only fans.
> My heart is with  you,
> Yup.
> 
> 
> 
> Yup say...Ya dont need no shoes to  dance the Blues
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> 
> From:  Sonlewis1@AOL.COM
> Sent: 25 Jan 2012 04:15:18 GMT
> To:  BLUES-L@LISTSERV.NETHELPS.COM
> Subject: Re: Fw: Joint Statement Regarding  PIPA (S.968) & SOPA (HR 3261)
> 
> OK, how is this for  "evidence"...
> FACT: There is a File-Sharing Site in Russia that has put 14  cuts from my
> CD "Next Train Smokin'" up for "free download".
> 
> FACT:  The sites own stat's counter indicates that there have been over
> 2000
> downloads and another 7800 "hits" (listens) to my songs "for  free".
> FACT: If those activities occurred on a legal digital download site,  I
> would have received something in the range of $1340 for the downloads and
> $80
> for the "hits"....
> FACT: Since I have these same 14 songs authorized  on  approximately 20 of
> these legal sites this is clearly money out of  my pocket...  money that
> they
> have stolen from me by giving my work  away in an unauthorized  manner...
> piracy.
> 
> By the way, the way  this site makes money is while they offer "free
> downloads", you can upgrade  to a group of Premium Services (like
> MegaUpload) for
> a monthly fee that  make the downloads faster and offer graphics and
> metadata
> for  smart  playback units...
> 
> I have been attempting to get this site to  "take-down" my stuff but since
> they are not US based I get pretty much the  same response as from "Peggy"
> (the  Russian Customer Service guy in  the Credit Card TV Commercials)...
> 
> Son  Lewis
> Blues  Vocalist/Guitarist
> _www.sonlewis.com_  (http://www.sonlewis.com/)
> _http://www.youtube.com/silkcitycd_  (http://www.youtube.com/silkcitycd)
> 
> 
> In a message dated 1/24/2012  9:53:25 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> rsk@GSP.ORG writes:
> 
> Albert   Einstein is often quoted (although, perhaps, apocryphally)
> as saying  that  if he were given one hour to save the world, he would
> spent 55  minutes  defining the problem.   That's good advice: we  often
> find that  we're rushing headlong into "solutions" when we  really don't
> know what  we're solving.
> 
> Applicability in this  case?
> 
> There is no evidence  -- NONE, ZERO, NADA, ZILCH -- on the  table that
> copyright infringement via  the Internet is hurting  musicians.
> 
> There are many allegations, but  allegations are not  evidence.  There's a
> lot of heated rhetoric, but  heated rhetoric  is not evidence.
> 
> Ah, I hear you ask, but what about the  studies  that show this
> is the case?
> 
> Well...those studies fall  squarely  into two classes:
> 
> 1. Those  conducted by the RIAA, the MPAA, or  their shell
> companies, or their astroturf organizations (e.g.,  Creative
> America).  I think it's obvious to everyone that these   are
> scams -- that the conclusions were written  first, and then  the
> facts cherry-picked and  manipulated to support them.  They  not
> only may be discarded, they *must* be discarded: they're crap.
> I  wouldn't accept this kind of junk from a  freshman.
> 
> 2. Those  conducted by the  government.  Except...THEY NEVER
> EXISTED.   See:
> 
> http://www.itworld.com/security/242587/best-evidence-showing-we-need-sopa-ba
> sed-govt-studies-never-existed
> 
> So   before we sit down in an attempt to "fix the Internet", someone  needs
> to  demonstrate -- rigorously -- that it's actually  broken.  They need  to
> prove that there's a problem and that it's  substantial enough to  merit
> attention -- because we already have a  pretty full slate of  problems.
> 
> Am I saying that people aren't  infringing copyright?   No, of course
> I'm not.  People are  doing that right and left.   What I'm saying is that
> nobody has  yet made a clinching case that this, in  the aggregate, when
> added up  worldwide, actually hurts musicians.   There is some evidence
> that
> it does -- but there's also plenty of evidence  that it benefits  them. [1]
> Nobody (well, nobody independent) has yet  conducted a  thorough study which
> weighs these factors and tries to work out  what  the actual impact is.
> 
> And until we know that, any attempt to "fix   the problem" is premature:
> we don't even know if we *have* a problem  yet,  what it looks like,
> how big it is, or anything   else.
> 
> ---rsk
> 
> 
> [1] If you're not aware of these, here's  a  starter  read:
> 
> http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20091119/1634117011.shtml
> 
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