Congratulations to RIAA

I would like to congratulate RIAA on winning the 2007’s Worst Company in America Award.

RIAA Wins the Worst Company of the Year Award

They have managed to beat Halliburton which is an incredible accomplishment right there. I wonder if they will finally get the message…

Oh wait… I forgot. They don’t care. It’s not like they are selling anything to us so being hated doesn’t diminish their profit margins at all. To really hurt RIAA we need to channel that hatred towards the actual recording studios that they represent and stop buying their shit.

As long as we continue hating RIAA but giving money to it’s members, it’s going to be business as usual for them. So I guess they really deserve some congratulations. Perhaps this was not intentional, but RIAA became something symbolic. It became the embodiment of all that is wrong with the music industry – something to be hated.

So the member companies used it as a scrape goat that can be used as a shield and distraction, and ultimately sacrificed on the altar of crushingly bad PR. In the meantime they can continue flying below the radar.

I dare you to name at lest 3 RIAA members without looking them up. If you can do it, I applaud you. If not, then you are in the same boat as most of the people who voted in the consumerist poll. These member companies are who is pulling the strings and organizing the lawsuits. RIAA is simply the public entity that takes the public beatings on their behalf.

They are the ones who should be receiving this award. Not the abstract entity that is RIAA.

[tags]riaa, halliburton, worst company, consumerist[/tags]

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12 Responses to Congratulations to RIAA

  1. ZeWrestler UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    BMG
    Interscope
    Sony

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    ZeWrestler wins. +5 points. :)

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    Proper
    Prorey
    Prority
    Prosthetic Records
    Protel
    PSM Records
    Psychopathic Records
    Punk Core
    Pure Records
    Pure Springs Music
    Purple Ribbon Entertainment
    Push Records
    Pussycat Dolls JV
    Pyramid
    Pyramid Media
    Pyramid Media Group
    Q&W
    Quango Records
    Queen Latifah
    Quinlan Road Ent.
    Quiet Storm Records
    Qwest Records
    R.A.L.
    R.A.L. Video
    Radio Universal
    Radioactive Records
    Rainman
    Ramex
    Random House
    Rap A Lot 2K Records
    Rap A Lot Virgin Catalog
    Rap-A-Lot
    Rap-A-Lot 2K Records
    Rap-A-Lot dist. Catalog
    Rap-a-lot Distributed
    Rap-A-Lot Virgin Catalog
    Rasheeda
    Rawkus Entertainment
    Rawkus Records
    RAY BOLTZ MUSIC
    Ray Boltz Spindust
    Razor & Tie
    Razor & Tie Direct
    Razor & Tie Label
    Razor Sharp
    RB Entertainment
    RCA Records
    RCA Records Nashville
    RCA Special Products
    RCA Victor
    RCC Records
    Re: Think
    Real Music
    Real World – Catalog
    Real World Records
    Rebel Records
    Rebound Records
    Red Ant
    Red Boy Records
    RED Dance/Epic
    RED Dance/Sony Japan
    Red Hot Organization
    RED Ink/ATC
    RED Ink/Epic
    RED Ink/Pias
    RED Ink/SMI –Belguium
    RED Ink/SMI Two Tier
    RED Ink/Trust Kill
    Red Seal
    Red Sky Entertainment
    Red Star
    Refuge Records
    Reincarnate Music
    Rejoice
    Relapse Records
    Rendezvous
    Reprise
    Reserved
    Resound
    Respek Records
    Restless Records
    Reunion
    Reville (Nashville Star)
    Rhino
    Rhino Classical
    Rhino P&D
    Rhino Records
    Rhino Video
    Rhino Video/ Rhino
    Rhino/Warner Bros.
    Rhino-Sire
    Rhyme Syndicate Catalog
    Rhythm Safari
    RICA Songs For Life
    Rick Rubin Entertainment
    Rifkind Entertainment
    Right Minded Records
    Rising Tide Nashville
    Risky Business
    Riverbend
    Riverside
    RMM
    RMM Records
    Roadrunner Records Inc.
    Robbins Entertainment
    Roc A Fella Catalog
    Roc La Familia
    Roc-A-Fella Records
    Roc-A-Fella Shawn C
    Roc-A-Fella Video
    Rocket Records
    Rocketown Records
    Rockstar Games
    Rockview Records
    Rodven
    Rodven (Intl)
    Rodven/Prodiscos
    Rodven/Quality Rec
    Rodven/Tejano Discos
    Rodven/United Prod
    Ron Smith
    Rough Ryders Records
    Rough Trade
    Rounder
    Rowdy Records Diary of a Mad Black Woman
    RPM / Legacy
    RPM/ Columbia
    Ruff Ryders
    Ruffhouse
    Ruffhouse Records/ Ovum
    Ruffhouse Records/ Roc-A-Bloc
    Ruffnation Music
    Rufftown Ent.
    Rust Records
    Ruthless Records
    RX Records
    Ryan & Joey, Inc.
    RykoDisc
    SAI Records
    Saja Records
    Sambora
    Samplers
    Sanctuary
    Savoy
    Savoy Jazz
    Savoy Label Group
    Scratchie
    S-Curve Records – Capitol
    S-Curve Records – EMI
    S-Curve Records Capitol
    S-Curve Records Catalog
    S-Curve Records Distributed
    S-Curve Records EMI
    S-Curve Records Virgin
    S-Curve(1) Records Distributed
    Sea Creatures
    Sea Records
    Seaview
    Secret Mountain
    Secret Sun Recordings
    Sega
    Seiko Matsuda
    Seismic Records
    Selah
    SEON
    Serca Music
    Serjical Strike
    Seven
    SFJAZZ
    SGZ Records
    Shady Records
    Shakti
    Shakti – Catalog
    Shamton Records
    Shang
    Shawn Carter
    Shelter Records
    Sheppard Lane Music
    Shout! Factory
    Show Dog
    Shrapnel Records
    Sick Wid It
    SIDE ONE DUMMY
    Silas
    Silent Giant
    Silver Seal
    Silvertone
    Silverwave
    SimplyRed.com
    Sindrome Records
    Sir George Records
    Sire Record Group
    Sixsteps
    Skaggs Family Records
    Skanless Records
    Skyblaze
    Skyblaze/Columbia
    Slamm Dunk
    Slash Distributed
    Slash Warner
    Slim Thug/Star Trak
    Slip & Slide Records
    Slipdisc
    Smash
    Smashing Pumpkins Catalog
    Smith Music Group
    Smithonian/Folkways
    SMV
    Snoop Bossin’ Up DVD
    Snoop Dogg 40/40/20
    Snoop Dogg 50/50
    Snoop DVD- Bossin’ up
    So So Def Records
    So So Def/ All Out Entertainment
    Software Sculptors
    Solid State Records
    Sonique
    Sony Broadway
    Sony Classical
    Sony Classical/ Sony Music Soundtrax
    Sony Direct
    Sony Discos
    Sony Labels
    Sony Masterworks
    Sony Music Special Products
    Sony Music Works
    Sony Portrait
    Sony Wonder
    SonyBMG U.S. Latin
    Sought After Entertainment
    Soulife Records
    Soulwerkz
    Sound Gizmo
    Sound Mex
    Sound of Atlanta
    Southern Signal Records
    Sparrow
    Sparrow Distributed 3rd Party Label
    Sparrow Kids
    Special Markets
    Special Olympics
    Special Olympics 4
    Special Products
    Specialty Records
    Spin Art
    Spirit Soundtrack
    Spit Records
    Spring Hill Music
    Spring House
    Sprout
    SPV Records
    Squint Entertainment
    Star Search
    Star Song
    Star Time International
    Star Trak Records
    Stars + Stripes, Inc.
    Startime P&D
    Startime PS
    Stax
    Stolen Transmission, LLC
    Stonecreek
    Straight Face Records, Inc.
    Straight outta labb
    Straight Profit
    Straight Profit Records
    Straightway
    Stretch Music
    Stuart Hersch
    Studio E Group
    Suave House II
    Suave Records
    Sub City Records
    Subversive Cinema
    Sucka Free Records
    Sugar Beats
    Sugar Water
    Sunnyside
    Super Ego Records
    Surco New
    SURCO Records
    Surrender Records
    Sustain Records, LLC
    Swallow Records
    Sybersound Records
    Synapse Films
    T.J. Martell
    Taang
    Tabu Records
    Takoma
    Talent Beach
    Tanya Tucker
    Tanya Tucker Distributed
    TASEIS
    Teldec
    Telethon
    Tell It Productions
    Terra
    The Bravery
    The Franchise/Interscope
    The Inc.
    The Mainstream Records Group Inc.
    The Neptunes
    The Platform Group, LLC
    The Road to Eldorado
    The Safe Side
    The Source
    The Start/The Label
    The Ultimate Group, Inc.
    The Wall
    Thirsty Ear
    Three Keys/Lightyear
    Three Kings DBC
    Thrive Records
    Thump Records
    Tim Kerr
    Tim Kerr New
    Timbaland
    Time Bomb
    Time Home Entertainment
    Time/Life
    Time/Life Non Music Video
    Titan Global
    Toby Keith Last LP
    Tofu – Sony Japan
    Tone Cool
    Toni Braxton
    TOONACIOUS
    Tooth & Nail
    Tooth & Nail CMG
    Tooth & Nail EMI
    Top Dawg Productions
    Top Sail Productions
    Toros Records
    Track Factory
    Trackmasters
    Tradition
    Traditional Records
    Trauma Entertainment
    Trauma Records
    Travio Records
    Travio Records P&D
    Treat & Release
    Trill Ent/Asylum
    Triloka
    Triple Crown
    Troma
    Troubadour
    Trudy Greene
    Trumpet Swan/ Lightyear
    Trust Kill
    Trustkill/Red Ink/Epic
    T-Town Music
    Tuff Gong
    Tuff Gong Records
    Twins
    Twism
    Twisted
    Two Tomatoes
    Tyler Perry, Inc.
    Type A Records
    U.S. Reissues
    UFOCity.cm
    Ultimate Records
    UME #1’s
    UME Direct
    UME Premium (AM Admin)
    UME Premium (MT Admin)
    UMI Fontana
    Undaground Recodz
    Undefined
    Underground Distributed Label
    Underground Inc.
    Union Music
    Unison
    United For Opportunity
    Unitone
    Universal Latino
    Universal Music Canada
    Universal Music Latino
    Universal Records (1)
    Universal Records (2)
    Universal Records New
    Universal South
    University MG Dist
    University Music
    University Music Group
    Univision
    Univoces
    Unsigned Hype
    Untertainment
    Up Above Records
    Upstairs
    Upstart
    Uptown Records -URC
    Urban Box Office
    US Manga
    UTV Motwon
    V2
    V2 (Gee Street/Push Records/Delicious Vinyl)
    V2/Push
    Vagrant Records
    Vagrant Records (TVT)
    Van Richter Records
    Varese Sarabande
    Varrick
    Velocette Records
    Velour Recordings
    Venemusic
    Venevision
    Verity
    Verve
    Verve Forecast
    Verve Video
    VI Music
    VI Records
    Victory
    Victory Music
    Victory Records
    Victrola
    Vidal Investment
    Vineyard
    Vintage Home Entertainment
    Violator Records
    Virgin
    Virgin Catalog
    Virgin Classics
    Virgin Commercial Marketing
    Virgin Special Projects
    Virgin Special Projects Catalog
    Virtual Label
    Visigoth
    Vital
    Viva Discos
    Vivarte
    Vivaton Records
    Voice for Music Production, Inc.
    Volcano II
    Volcano III
    Volcom
    Vox Lumania
    VP Music Richter Records
    VP Records
    Wacky World Studios
    Walleska Serra
    Walt Disney Records
    Waltzing Bear
    Wanna Blow, Inc.
    Warcon Entertainment, LLC
    Warlock
    WARNER ALLIANCE
    Warner Bros.
    Warner Bros./Elektra
    Warner Bros./Elektra
    Warner Brothers Publications
    Warner Classics
    Warner Fonit
    WARNER HOME VIDEO
    Warner Jazz France/ WSM
    Warner Music Latina
    Warner/Reprise Video
    Wax Weinberg 7
    WBR/Rhino Direct
    WEA Latina
    WEACaribe
    WEAMex
    Weapons of Mass Entertainment
    Weeds
    Wet Cement
    White Lion
    Whitsett Hill
    WHV/Lightyear
    Wicklow
    Will Smith
    Windham Hill
    Wind-Up (Grass/Surefire)
    Winedark Records
    WJJZ
    WNUA
    Wonder Boy Entertainment
    Wonderland
    Woodstock
    Word Entertainment
    Word Special Projects
    Word/Warner Bros.
    Work
    Worksong/Rhino/Hear Music
    World Music Network
    Worship Together
    WOW Joint Venture
    Wrechshop Records
    Wrong Records
    WS/De Stijl
    Wu Music Group
    Wu Tang Records Catalog
    Wu-Tang Records
    Wu-Tang Records Catalog
    Wyatt
    Wyonna
    XSO Drive
    Yab Yum/ 550
    Yash Raj Films USA Inc.
    Yclef Records
    Yo! MTV Raps
    Z Records
    Zappa
    Zappa Rhino
    Zebra/Lightyear
    Zero Hour
    Zoe
    Zomba/Def Jam

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  4. So who *CAN* you buy music from:
    UK – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_independent_UK_record_labels
    US – 1

    * 12 Inch Records

    2

    * 20-20-20

    3

    * 3 Beads of Sweat

    5

    * 504 Records

    A

    * A-F Records
    * Abnotic
    * Absolutely Kosher Records
    * Ace Fu Records
    * Aezra Records
    * Ajax Records (Chicago)
    * Alchemy Records (U.S.)
    * Alive Records
    * Alliance Entertainment Corporation
    * AntAcidAudio
    * Asphodel Records
    * Audio Dregs

    B

    * Bar/None Records
    * Bayou Records
    * Beekeeper Records
    * Beserkley Records
    * Bieler Bros. Records
    * Big Neck Records
    * Big Wheel Recreation
    * Birdman Records
    * Blackball Records
    * Bloodshot Records
    * Blue Jordan Records
    * Boner Records
    * Bong Load Custom Records
    * Borae’ Records
    * Boss Up Entertainment
    * Brass Tacks Records
    * Bridge Records, Inc.
    * Broken Complex Records
    * Bungalo Records

    C

    * Captivity Records
    * Carbon Copy Media
    * Carrot Top Records
    * Catbird Records
    * Caulfield Records
    * Cement Shoes Records
    * CherryDisc Records
    * Chocodog Records
    * Choke Chain Records
    * Cleveland International Records
    * Collectables Records
    * Collekt
    * Comatose Records
    * Compass Records
    * Corporate Punishment Records
    * Crimes Against Humanity Records
    * Cuneiform Records

    D

    * Dancing Ferret
    * Daptone Records
    * Deaf American Recordings
    * Deep Elm Records
    * Delmark Records

    D cont.

    * Desert Storm (record label)
    * Destiny Entertainment
    * Doctor Dream Records
    * Downtown Records
    * Dutch East India Trading

    E

    * Earwig Music Company
    * Ecstatic Peace!
    * Eleven Seven Music
    * Emperor Jones
    * Exponential (record label)

    F

    * Fall Records
    * Fathme Records
    * Fire Records
    * Firecode Core
    * Flipside Records
    * Flying Fish Records
    * Flying Tart
    * Focus Media
    * Fools of the World
    * Frenchkiss Records
    * Frontier Records
    * Fueled by Ramen
    * Future Farmer Records

    G

    * Galaxy21 Music
    * Gangsta Advisory Records
    * Get Low Recordz
    * Glurp
    * Gnashville Sounds Records
    * Gold Standard Laboratories

    H

    * Hammermill Records
    * HappySad Records
    * Harriet Records
    * Heartbeat Records
    * Hefty Records
    * Hellcat Records
    * Hello Sir Records
    * High Karate
    * HighTone Records
    * Higher Step Records
    * Homestead Records
    * Hopeless Records

    I

    * I Surrender Records
    * Imputor?
    * Initial Records
    * InsideOut Music
    * Interactive Jack Records
    * Invisible Records

    J

    * JHHP Records
    * Josie Records
    * Jubilee Records

    K

    * Kirtland Records
    * Koolarrow Records
    * Kung Fu Records

    L

    * LLR Recordings
    * Lawnchair Records
    * Le Grand Magistery
    * Limp Records
    * Lo-Fidelity Records
    * Load Records

    L cont.

    * Lobster Records
    * Locust Music

    M

    * Magnanimous Records
    * Maison De Soul
    * Medea Records
    * Megaforce Records
    * Merge Records
    * Mode Records
    * Mutant Pop Records

    N

    * Nebula Records
    * Nein Records
    * New West Records
    * No Quarter Records

    O

    * Octone Records

    P

    * Parasol Records
    * Paw Tracks
    * Peak Records
    * Polyvinyl Record Co.
    * Post-Parlo
    * Potential Getaway Driver
    * Prelude Records (record label)

    R

    * Rasa Music
    * Reed Records
    * Remarkable Current
    * Restless Records

    S

    * Sarathan Records
    * Shelflife Records
    * Shifty Records (USA)
    * Shrimper Records
    * Sick Room Records, LTD
    * SideOneDummy Records
    * Smells Like Records
    * Soft Abuse
    * Souvenir Records
    * Sparrowheart Music
    * Stand Up! Records
    * Such-A-Punch Media
    * Surprise Attack Records

    T

    * Take Fo’ Records
    * Testament Records
    * Thick Records
    * Tone Center Records
    * Trance Syndicate
    * Trend is dead! records
    * Twin/Tone Records

    U

    * Ugly Nephew Records
    * Underscore Records
    * Up Records

    V

    * Very Small Records
    * Vesuvius Records

    W

    * Warcon Enterprises
    * Water Lily Acoustics
    * Waterbug Records
    * Wax Fruit Records
    * Wildplum Recordings
    * Wordclock Records

    X

    * Xenophile Records

    Y

    * Young God Records

    Z

    * Zombie-A-Go-Go Records

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  5. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Nice! Thanks for the list.

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  6. Yeah, its a shame to see how much shorter the non riaa list is

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  7. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    [quote comment=”3464″]Yeah, its a shame to see how much shorter the non riaa list is[/quote]

    Yeah, you would think that there would be more indy studios than the ones associated with RIAA.

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  8. ambush CANADA Safari Mac OS says:

    There are those are just the ones in the uk.

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  9. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    [quote comment=”3470″]There are those are just the ones in the uk.[/quote]

    I think the UK ones are posted at the link. I think the ones pasted in are thhe US ones. Right Travis?

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  10. ambush CANADA Safari Mac OS says:

    They can’t be because some at least are missing. like barsuk for one

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  11. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    [quote comment=”3472″]They can’t be because some at least are missing. like barsuk for one[/quote]

    Hmm… I don’t know then. Maybe they just listed the most popular ones?

    Any idea Travis?

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  12. m UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1522790

    A number of labels have been wrongly listed by the riaa as members.
    Relapse, which the story linked to above says was eventually removed (though it has not), is definitely not a member.

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