IT IS JUST a matter of time before the Irish arm of the RIAA discovers my treasure trove of mashups. We use bandwidth funded by the Irish government to store 50 different mashups that we use on a syllabus to develop a production aesthetic in three of the third level modules taught in the multimedia programming part of the BSc in Information Technology offered at Tipperary Institute. The RIAA, and its cousin the IRMA, doesn't appreciate mashups. One of my fav download zones, Mashup Town, took down its mashups after the RIAA complained to its hosting partner. I wonder if Ireland's Higher Education Authority has more backbone.
As Cory Doctorow says, "Mashups are a really dumb target for the RIAA. There's just no universe in which someone who downloads a mashup of Prince's 1999 and the Benny Goodman orchestra performing 'In the Mood' thinks, "Well, now I've heard that, I have no need to buy the CDs those songs originated on.' This action amounts to the RIAA saying, 'This art is illegal because it displeases us.'"
I think the RIAA needs to see the creative process at work in our mashup lectures before it tries taking ours down. It's a foolish diversion of recording industry efforts because that industry cannot squelch creativity. Nor can it bend consumption patterns to its liking.
via Cory on Boing Boing.