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Anti-RIAA Pepsi iTunes parody ad

James Saldana, a multimedia student at Southern Illinois University, has produced an anti-RIAA Pepsi iTunes parody ad called FIGHT BACK! Instead of “I Fought the Law” by Green Day the parody is set against “We’re Not Going to Take It” by Twisted Sister with new slogans such as “INCRIMINATED BY AN ILLEGAL MONOPOLY” and “OVER CHARGED FOR MUSIC.”

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Good point Margins. I like your post, It made my day.

Posted by ASDF on February 5, 2004 at 4:01 PM (CST)


great parody ad. loved it. ‘bout time.

Posted by mrfett on February 5, 2004 at 6:56 PM (CST)


Great little film; love the last line ‘we’re still going to download off the internet’. Yeah, the RIAA doesn’t get it. They CAN’T shut the internet down.

Free file sharing will die when the internet does.


Posted by Thomas Davie on February 5, 2004 at 9:14 PM (CST)


I’ll lay it on the line. I will never download another free song if anyone can give me an established pay site where I can download these 3 songs…
Group     Song Title
Foetus     Desent into the Inferno
Mission U.K.  Sea of Love
Faith & the Muse Chorus of the Furies
Established pay sites only! I want the goods and will pay. (If you think these are hard to find, you should see some of my playlists). All 3 at ONE site. You would be doing me a favour if you can find one. Put your resources where your ethics are….I’ve tried

Posted by Grimmfox on February 5, 2004 at 10:11 PM (CST)


Dave, where the hell did you pull “90%” from?
I’ll call your bluff and say you’re full of it.

From my observations, the people ‘making mental notes to buy the albums’ are in the small minority. It was the minority back in Napster days, and it’s an even smaller minority now.

Citing Radiohead as an example is silly. Radiohead has a unique fanbase, one that is inherently more likely to support the band, and one that also puts out lots of limited edition copies (amnesiac’s library book, hail to the thief’s map etc.). Never mind that the leaked tracks were a different recording than what was on the final album.

And bringing up the whole ‘2 decent songs + filler’ argument? puh-lease….  Sure it’s the case for pop artists, but there’s plenty of bands signed to major labels that produce full albums of good music. I buy many albums, and I don’t think there’s one which I would say is full of filler tracks. If you’re worried about there being any filler - ask the record store if you can listen to the album on their listening station! It really isn’t that hard.

Posted by Nathan on February 6, 2004 at 9:14 AM (CST)


In the words of Nelly “It’s getting hot in here” and I can understand why. Firstly the film kinda sucks, whta makes me laugh is that if Hollywood offered him $5m to make a feature he’d make it, so much for being a radical. It’s just another wiseheaded student making a name for himself, so people wiseup.

Re the old stealing music routine, yep p2p is stealing despite what many have said.  You can blame the record companies (i do) but no one forces the artist to sign the contract,, no one puts a gun to their head ( except perhaps Suge!). The record companies offer so called instant fame, they splash the $$$ and hopefullyn the artist hits the big time, so everyone should be happy.  Alas we the consumer are not as prices for CD keep rising, however has no one heard of Amazon, Best Buy, etc plenty of online and offline music retailers.

I love music and wouldn’t dream of downloading a`Miles davis album (2cd bitches brew), when I can pick it up new for $12 (

Posted by glad1959 on February 6, 2004 at 3:52 PM (CST)


Dude, that song is by The Clash not Greenday.

Posted by shakeer on February 6, 2004 at 10:41 PM (CST)


I mean, the one in the original ad is…why did they use Greenday here?

Posted by shakeer on February 6, 2004 at 10:56 PM (CST)


90% Dave?  Wow!  Can you please forward me the report on your extensive research that produced that number?

Fact of the matter is that most P2P downloaders are probably onesies and twosies, unlike the thousands or tens of thousands of songs that the little thieves on the commercial downloaded.  But stealing one car makes you a thief just like stealing a hundred does.

As far as the “artists” explanation of why he created the parody, I have no doubt that his feelings are genuine.  But his logic is flawed.  This, “the RIAA makes too much money, and really some of the artists are making too much money, because the product is overpriced, so I’m gonna steal it.” argument just blows me away.

That argument is akin to telling Ford that their cars are overpriced, but asking them to keep making them so you can steal them off of the lot.

If a product is overpriced you don’t steal it.  You leave it on the shelf and let the company selling it either decide to lower the price or go out of business.

If you don’t think a product is worth the money that’s being charged for it, you don’t then have the right to steal it.  You only have the right not to buy it.

Posted by rdlink in Denver on February 7, 2004 at 9:18 AM (CST)


Glad1959:  The Clash (re)made the song famous in more recent times, but was a 1966 hit for The Bobby Fuller Four. You can hear a clip on iTunes, just type in Bobby Fuller in the Search…

Posted by BringBackVinyl on February 8, 2004 at 11:40 PM (CST)


The Clash (re)made the song famous in more recent times, but was a 1966 hit for The Bobby Fuller Four. You can hear a clip on iTunes, just type in Bobby Fuller in the Search…

Posted by BringBackVinyl on February 8, 2004 at 11:41 PM (CST)


If the music companies had given up cds and focused on making mp3s available for sale, this wouldn’t be an issue.  Becuase people will buy mp3s!!!  But instead, they have dug their heels in and resisted the inevitable.  Why don’t they want to give up cds?  Becuase their is overhead associated with making cds that is not associated with mp3s.  So, of course, they can squeeze every dime out of you for cds than they can with mp3s.  I’m not saying stealing mp3s is right.  But if they want to prevent it, the best way is to make a wide variety of mp3s for sale in a convenient format that is more enticing than stealing mp3s.  It is possible.
There are many, many people who will buy cds after they’ve sampled the album.  Why stick with crappy sounding, wrongly named mp3s if you can put the cd on your iPod?  Another thing to remember is that there are alot of people who download mp3s for older songs or hard to find stuff.  Stuff you can’t find in cd stores. 

And Grimmfox is right, it happened just as much in the 80s and 90s as it does now.  Millions of mixed tapes were made.  Just look at Memorex’s blank tape sales before you could burn cds and make minidiscs.  The fact of the matter is that the economy got crappy and the music industry needed a scape goat.  That they resisted the change in popularity of cds only made matters worse.

Posted by FieryPumpkin on February 9, 2004 at 9:06 PM (CST)

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