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Friend Or Foe: RIAA Radar 42

Posted by timothy
from the think-you're-doing dept.
CrookedFinger writes "RIAA Radar is a bookmarklet that helps users find out if an album was released by a member of the RIAA. This will make it a bit easier to decide whether my purchase would fund attacks on my rights or support a plucky independent..."
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Friend Or Foe: RIAA Radar

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  • Wow (Score:5, Insightful)

    by NeuroKoan (12458) on Saturday May 24, 2003 @09:09PM (#6033315) Homepage Journal
    words can not describe how useful this may be. I ran some of my recent cd purchases through the RIAA radar, and I didn't buy a single RIAA release :)

    But that was just by accident, not by any concious decision to boycott the RIAA. This tool, on the other hand, will make it a whole lot easier to decide what music to buy and what music not to buy.

    Props to who ever wrote this.
    • Re:Wow (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Might be useful if someone made a similar program for Palm/WinCE/Zaurus to use when you're in a regular brick-and-mortar store.
  • by Kelerain (577551) <avc_mapmaster@NospAm.hotmail.com> on Saturday May 24, 2003 @09:24PM (#6033363)
    Did anyone else read the title and think, OH MY LORD! DRM has gone TOO DAMN FAR this time!
    • In all seriousness, I did think it was some RIAA-created radar that they were talking about, though I didn't get freaked out about it. I imagine the day will come when RIAA has tracking devices in all CDs sold.
  • Uh oh... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by seinman (463076) on Saturday May 24, 2003 @09:35PM (#6033401) Homepage Journal
    Can't get it to work. Is it my fault, or is Opera to blame?
    • doesn't work with opera here, either.
    • Only the popup one works for me. I use Mozilla.
    • Nah, it isn't Opera to blame. It's JavaScript to blame. But anyway, I din't get it to work on Opera and other browsers aren't supported by me. So I guess it's bye bye for this service.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      A tool to avoid an abusive business interest that only functions in the product of another abusive business interest...
      That is to say, it only works in Microsoft Internet Explorer.
    • Re:Uh oh... (Score:2, Interesting)

      by buford_tannen (555867)
      I found that Mozilla stores the link
      javascript:var index=location.href...
      as
      javascript:var%20index=location.href...
      when the link is actually bookmarked. It worked when I converted it back to a space. Maybe that's what Opera needs, too.

      Hope this helps.
  • What this means is (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    i will buy from the indies, and I won't buy from the RIAA...

    Since this is such a limited boycott (ok maybe not THAT limited, but we do have the tech gap to deal with.) Those savvy enough to care, will just download the artists music for nothing. And feel little or no compulsion to get some miniscule revenue into an artists pocket.

    So far... Bjork, DMB, Chili peppers, U2, Rage and a few other favorites are now on my blacklist (until such time as they break from the RIAA)

    Thumbs up to bad religion..... umm.
    • Bad Religion [badreligion.com] Rocks.

      They are angry and loud, but the are also deep and thought provoking. I have got to say they (and Nirvana) are my two favorate bands in the world.

      but they Suck live: I went to one of there concerts in TO (canada). it was total bullshit. everone at the concert looked like they were between 14-17, and the Greg Graffin looked like they had gotten Real old, Like Rolling Stones old, maybe he was hungover or something, but he had no energy on stage.

      anyway they are an amazing band, (on CD at
    • aggh!!!! not Bjork!! Oh well, I'll still see her shows, but not buy any more albums. I wonder how long her contract is for.
  • coool!! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Sweet, I've been looking for something like this.

    I buy from a mostly indie labels (the kind where you can send out an email to the label head and as soon as he gets home from his non-music-related day job he writes back [or she actually]) ... but occasionaly I buy from bigger labels.

    It's just nice to know how many of your CD purchases are funding the RIAA which then funds Congress which then passes those lovely laws.

    Actually to be honest the RIAA isn't quite as scary as the MPAA when it comes to these th
  • Excellent. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by NegativeK (547688) <<tekarien> <at> <hotmail.com>> on Saturday May 24, 2003 @10:25PM (#6033558) Homepage
    I'd just like to point out to people that according to this site, a band may not stick with just one label. A lot of Prodigy's stuff seems to be RIAA tainted, but Jilted Generation is not. In short, if you want a CD, check to see if its under RIAA grips instead of going off of other albums you've seen/may have.
    Major props to the creator of this program; I can now feel purchase a replacement of my old Jilted Generation without convulsing from guilt. =)
  • I don't get it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ajuda (124386) on Sunday May 25, 2003 @12:04AM (#6033842)
    I don't get it, I thought that we were supposed to buy RIAA DRM CDs and then return them as "defective" -- won't that hurt them a bit more than simply not buying the CDs?
  • Privacy Policy? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Lshmael (603746) on Sunday May 25, 2003 @01:16AM (#6034008) Homepage
    Although the creator "assures us that the bookmarklet is safe," how do we know? And what is with the "Most Recent Queries" box on the right?
    • The bookmarklets are written in JavaScript, which is easy enough to read. You needn't use the bookmarklets if you don't want to. All they do is strip the ASIN (Amazon store identification number?) from the Amazon product URL and append it to http://www.magnetbox.com/riaa/check.asp?asin= for lookup. You can do the same thing manually.

      For instance, http://www.magnetbox.com/riaa/check.asp?asin=B0000 5B36H [magnetbox.com].

    • And what is with the "Most Recent Queries" box on the right?
      What's the problem? They get a query that contains an album ID, they look up the name, and link to it on their front page. What's the problem? Nowhere is the query for that album linked to you. Now what would be neat: split that box in two for recent "warning"s and recent "all-clear"s.
  • Wonderful (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Dachannien (617929) on Sunday May 25, 2003 @05:07AM (#6034355)
    ...but I sure wish this had hit the main /. page.

  • by nixman99 (518480) on Sunday May 25, 2003 @08:01AM (#6034598)
    I mean this seriously, not as flamebait

    1. Create a tool to help people boycott the RIAA
    2. Get said people to buy CDs through your link
    3. Profit!!
  • ...one that perhaps conveys custom copyright permissions, such as the promise to make it free after, say, 20 years. At a minimum it should convey that the media has no copy protection.
  • by asackett (161377) on Tuesday May 27, 2003 @01:09PM (#6049841) Homepage
    Whoa now. We want to know if the RIAA is behind an album we want, but we have to visit the evil Bezos' site to do it? WTFO?
  • Sony aka DGG, Columbia etc, and all the labels are just pushed by the chains. Small independant music stores that still do exist then can not compete in price for any label, independant or not. The mega store buisiness model kills more creativity than any other aspect of todays music industry.

    Since home computers are realitively new to the music industry, Mp3 and file sharing just cannot find a home yet.

    My vision of a new buisiness model would be in store burning of disks with any mixed content for cust

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