You can only take a metaphor so far. Let's stick with what "locking the barn door after the horses have escaped" means.
Although you use open-source software for your multimedia needs to simply strip the DRM you are removing the protections the music industry has set in place. You do not decide where you can play your music, the industry does, which is why I am sure THC will just label you as some criminal right about now. No matter the quality they still own the rights to that music.
And when I enter into a contract to obtain certain rights to that music, so do I. No amount of name-calling, from THC or anybody else will make anyone a criminal. And yes, I do
decide where and when I play my music, as well as what I play. The RIAA might want to take that choice away from me, but the fact is that they aren't that powerful.
I also never stated or meant to say that music should be abolished, I am just saying that it's purpose is lost by making it a business which in return seeks profit from music itself. Hell anyone who thinks they should abolish music is a mad man.
You'd better believe in a sanity clause, then. Because musicians are the cornerstone of the music industry. Without them you have no music. So if the music industry
goes away, so does music.
The sad part is that when they popped the magic question of "How many here illegally download music?" The entire audience was with raised hands.
The thing that I find sad about that is that the audience would have raised their hands if asked any number of questions, ranging from marital infidelity, to traffic offenses to cheating on their taxes. But that's another topic.
If you're trying to suggest that, because a group of people somewhere believed that they had done something illegal, without first getting legal council to determine if that was actually the fact, that you can extrapolate that small sample to say that every
music listener is a criminal, you're just making a slippery slope. Your example of the psychological phenomenon that causes people to believe most anything if it's repeated enough times underscores how people are all too willing to be lead around by their nose by others. That audience was being manipulated.
Right now we face a singular problem: a trade association that has completely abandoned the charter under which it was established, and has become a parasite. In case you didn't know, taking money from people under false pretenses is a crime. The RIAA is a criminal enterprise. Although the federal justice department is currently unable to do its job, there are still 50 state's attorney offices that can prosecute this case. Any one of them could bring down the RIAA.
But for some reason, the artists who ought to be lining up to file criminal complaints, aren't. Are they being paid off to not report that they've been ripped off? That seems to be an oxymoron, but stranger things have happened. Are they being intimidated? Possibly. Time will tell.--
Dead webcasters don't make cents.