Indies Boycott Limewire Party At Digital Music East
American Association Of Independent Music (A2IM) President Rich Bengloff is encouraging his members attending this week’s Digital Music Forum East to boycott at Limewire sponsored reception on Thursday evening.
“…Services like LimeWire, Myxer and many more that, by the nature of their services, make it too easy for consumers to violate copyright and/or compensate independents in a sub-standard fashion or not at all,” Bengloff wrote in an open letter to his members and shared with Hypebot. “LimeStore uses the LimeWire illegal hits to drive traffic to their legal site,” he added.
My usual sarcastic rant:
What’s wrong A2IM, too indie for Limewire (or a reasonable acronym for that matter)? Last time I checked, second-generation P2P companies like Limewire and Soulseek pretty much birthed indie rock as it is today. Besides that, who uses Limewire anymore? These guys are so out of touch- not only are they acknowledging Limewire as something worth boycotting, they are giving it free press.
Their argument, and I quote, “Services like LimeWire, Myxer and many more that, by the nature of their services, make it too easy for consumers to violate copyright and/or compensate independents in a sub-standard fashion or not at all”
It’s freaking Limewire. Not only is it entirely out of date, it was never meant to pay royalties to anyone. It’s freaking P2P. Was this guy born yesterday? He’s the “President” of something called “American Association Of Independent Music”. WTF? How can this guy claim to represent Independent Music? Apparently he doesn’t even know what Limewire is.
- Ian Gollahon