RIAA to sue lipsyncers (Really) And Other Dumb Music News (the thursday music remix)


In what has to be the dumbest business move since the record industry started suing downloaders, the RIAA is now sending Cease and Desist letters to kids who are lipsyncing songs on YouTube. Who, for the sake of God, is running the major music industry?

Some of the Cristal (yeah, the champagne) people obviously didn't think that any hip hop fans read the Economist. In the recent article Cristal's Frédéric Rouzaud expressed distate for American rap stars' patronage of the high priced champagne.

Asked if an association between Cristal and the bling lifestyle could actually hurt the brand, he replies: “That’s a good question, but what can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Pérignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business.”

A mini furor has popped in the rap community with folks like Jay-Z and others calling for a boycott of all Roederer products Don't these companies realize where trends come from?

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Henry Rollins: A Letter To Ann Coulter (video)

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Blue October (one of my new favorite bands) talks to KOAR

Oh, and did I tell you that the RIAA is going after lipsyncers? (and you wonder why I have no respect for the law…)

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12 Comments on “RIAA to sue lipsyncers (Really) And Other Dumb Music News (the thursday music remix)”

  1. Loren Says:

    I do’nt get the RIAA. Just so backwards. As far as the Champagne thing goes. A boycott would have zero impact. Rappers account for next to nothing in terms of the sales of bubbly. A boycott would produce the opposite effect, sales will increase by white elitists who are happy not to have their drink/brand be associated with rap at all. Rouzaud is preaching to his core customer. Rich white eurotrash assholes.

  2. Robert Bruce Says:

    These guys are pulling the ultimate remix. The ultimate tribute. The ultimate marketing weapon. And they’re doing for free…

    And besides, when was the last time you heard that Spice Girls tune on the radio?

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the SG’s sold a few downloads because of these dudes locker-room efforts…

  3. range Says:

    Man, that Spice Girls lipsynch was hilarious. RIAA is just digging their own grave, I believe. Big Music sucks. I like the comparison between rock and techno too.

  4. Clyde Smith Says:

    Contrary to Loren’s opinion, rappers name checking champagne and cognac have radically increased those sales in the U.S. market and you can verify that quite easily online. Do your homework.

    However, I’m not sure a boycott would affect sales of Cristal which is in extremely limited quantity and is an old French brand. In that case, I think the boycott of Cristal may actually help the brand.

    char, Jay-Z only called for the Cristal boycott. I’m the one saying that a boycott of all Roederer products would be most effective, since much of what they sell in the U.S. costs less than $100 and boycotting Cristal may work to Roederer’s interest. I think Jay-Z’s already backing off the whole thing, to be honest.

    If anyone is actually interested in this topic, I’m pursuing multiple angles at ProHipHop. Not that I think it’s the most important issue of the day, but it does raise a lot of related topics of interest to folks curious about hip hop, brands, social justice, media coverage, etc.

  5. Clyde Smith Says:

    The RIAA stuff is way more important than the Cristal boycott. We really need to shut down those fools.

  6. Mr Angry Says:

    I think the RIAA is headed by a bunch of post-modern performance artists who are staging an elaborate prank. That is the only explanation that makes sense. And the Cristal thing, they’re not unique. A few years ago Moet tried to discourage F1 drivers from spraying their champagne everywhere when they were on the podium. It just goes to show how easy it is to get complacent and be disconnected from reality.

  7. chartreuse Says:

    Every move the majors have made since 1999 have been completely wrong. They should be the richest folks on the internet. Instead they are an example of stupidity. They make videos of songs which they give away for free but when a fan makes one they sue. wtf?

    The big problem with Cristal is that if rappers say it’s not cool then that meme will be passed UP the social ladder. Young rich kids act like toned down rappers.

  8. chartreuse Says:

    And Range, you are right. Rave chicks are totally hot. 🙂

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  10. Milo Riano Says:

    Damn. How about if they sue the entire entertainment industry who sings their song. How about the kids who join singing competitions and sing the song and win a price.

    These guys did it for free. Anyways, that’s alright because these Big Music people suffer the consequences of their stupidity.

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  12. Nobody owns anything. Everything is on loan, from the Universe Control Panel, however you may wish to define it.

    These lip-syncing kids are not making any money off it. So why persecute them? Corporate greed, ala the RIAA Nazis, how charmingling effete and jejune.

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