From LABOR-L@YORKU.CA Sun Aug 13 06:30:47 2000
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2000 16:10:05 -0400
Sender: Forum on Labor in the Global Economy >LABOR-L@YORKU.CA>
From: Jim Jaszewski >grok@SPRINT.CA>
Subject: The recording artist 'Prince' votes with The People for Napster -- and against the record monopolies.
Prince's own website newspage:
The ongoing (objective) struggle between the world's capitalist elite and 'The People', over control of the world's resources, is manifested in sundry ways -- one of the most recent and spectacular being the unfolding crisis in the music recording industry.
Capitalist record monopolies have been (_most_ unsuccessfully!) attempting to destroy the 'MP3' music-trading phenomenon over the Internet through their RIAA organization (i.e.: cartel); and their latest feeble ploy has been to try and put the music-trading software company, 'Napster', out of business.
To his great credit (and to my long-standing and growing admiration of the guy) 'The Artist Formerly Known As Prince'[sic] -- and now once again known as Prince(!) -- has come out swinging on the side of The People, in defence of their right to share in the artistic experience -- over crass commercialism.
Two corporate mass-media articles on this (Prince quite simply and effectively skewers Time-Warner CEO Richard Parsons):