RIAA lacks support of some artists

An article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution contains a variety of quotes from musicians as diverse as the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, David Draiman of Disturbed, and rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy indicating that the efforts being made "on their behalf" by the RIAA are not being appreciated by the artists.

Quotes ranged from Chuck D's "Those scare tactics are pure Gestapo" to Moby's more buisiness-like "File sharing is a reality, and it would seem that the labels would do well to learn how to incorporate it into their business models somehow."

When asked about the RIAA's motives, interviewed musicians indicated that the organization is more concerned with lining the pockets of a industry that is outdated and rife with useless middlemen.

The artists consistently cite Apple Computer's iTunes Music Service as an example of the kinds of things that the music industry should be working on instead of suing their customers.

A final quote from Wayne Coyne of the indie-rock band Flaming Lips: "Who doesn't want to get paid for their work? But I think it works to musicians' benefit for people to be able to occasionally listen to their music and, if they really like it, go out and buy it."