Letters From the Editor

MP3 Revolution

We heard that you like MP3s. We also heard (from the Coalition for the Future of Music) that everyone’s favorite recording industry entity ‘is forming a pool under the title SoundExchange to attempt to collect and distribute the royalties from webcasters who stream music.’

Fight back here.

Also seen on the RIAA site:
Neil Young No Fan Of Napster (1/30/01, 10 a.m. ET) – Neil Young is the latest musician to come out against free music on the Internet. In an interview with the Argentinean newspaper La Nacion, Young acknowledged that he hasn’t debuted any of the new songs he’s recorded with Crazy Horse in concert because he doesn’t want people to hear them before he thinks the songs are ready to be heard. Young said, ‘I don’t like to have a record out and have people hear…versions that we don’t want them to hear. With the Internet, there is no more privacy and not even the chance to express yourself in front of your audience in the intimacy of a concert that lets songs evolve. You can’t do this because they immediately get circulated.’ Young added, ‘My job is to make the music, but I don’t want people to be able to listen to my music if I don’t want them to. Controlling the Internet is better than being controlled by it.’ There’s no word on when a new Neil Young & Crazy Horse album might be released, nor is there any information about tour dates.
Point well taken; artists should have control over how they’re represented. But the first paragraph of the article claims, ‘Neil Young is the latest musician to come out against free music on the Internet.’ I don’t recall Neil Young saying he didn’t like it being free.

The RIAA is so sleazy.

Andrew Womack is a founding editor of The Morning News. He is always working on the next installment of the Albums of the Year series at TMN. More by Andrew Womack

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