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RIAA Attacked… By A Record Company?

“We at Go-Kart Records want to make it perfectly clear that the RIAA does not represent the views of all record labels. So, we are putting our music where our mouth is to prove a point. We believe that if you like the music you hear you will support it by going to shows, telling your friends, and buying the bands CDs. With this in mind, we are allowing people to download some of our current releases at NO charge. In other words, we are essentially GIVING these albums away! Click Here to Learn More

We feel that only by embracing technology can we gain from it, and that a battle like the one that the RIAA is fighting can simply not be won. To read a more in depth article about why we feel the RIAA is wrong please Click here and please send this email and/or the open letter to the RIAA to as many people as you can. Only by educating each other can we hope to take advantage of the technical innovations and not run scared from them.”

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I read the open letter to the RIAA and wonder of they will read it themselves. It is about time that a ‘player’ in the recording industry points out the problems that plague the industry is the major record labels themselves.  With the present and future success of iTunes and other vehicles of legal MP3 downloads, the public will have the final say. It seems that the major labels are only interested in profits and not interested in the fans themselves, the public that makes them who they are. The only interest that they have in the public is in the lawsuits that they have produced against the fans. Of course when an artist is paid millions of dollars to produce a record and it does not live up to what it is advertised to be, who pays? We do!! Do you blame millions of people who download music in whatever fashion that they do as being wrong? It had been proven numerous times in the business world, create a product that the public will enjoy and want and at a reasonable price and you will not have the world turning away, instead, they will embrace your product with open arms and open wallets. Too bad common sense seems to be the only thing that these major record labels lack. They have the desire to go after the public and cry that they are being victimized but how many victims of poorly made albums are there, how many victims of overpriced music have been taken advantage of? The answer is right their in front of them and yet they tend to be blind. Personally, I have never downloaded any music but have not bought any CD music in many years as I refuse to pay so much money for garbage. I look at my CD collection and see the amount of money that I have invested and ask myself why? Granted, I give credit to the many artists who work hard to produce the quality music that many of us enjoy but their efforts are overshadowed by all of the clutter and noise that some of these record labels consider as music. To the RIAA and major music labels, learn from these mistakes and improve upon yourself, listen to the public and be fair and know that the support will be there as long as there is no abuse of the system. You have made enough money from the public, now it is time to work with the public, the greatest economic tool in the world.

Posted by ezflyer in Irvine, CA on October 13, 2003 at 10:52 AM (CDT)


Bravo GoKartRecord!
I feel thier belief that if the technology is used correctly, it will spur sales. I can understand this very well. I was a voracious music buyer and over the past 4 years, I have bought very little music. Why you may ask? Because I heard nothing that made me want to buy any. It wasn’t because Napster had me “stealing” tunes.

What Napster did do for me was to allow me to sample music at no cost. Guess what happened? Almost every single song I downloaded to listen to resulted in me purchasing that album outright.

The RIAA is acting out of desperation in trying to keep its old bloated self from self-destruction. Like all businesses, it is going through a lean time. Instead of cutting fat and overhauling its outdated practices, it sits there in denial blaming others for its owes.

GoKartRecords is doing exactly what it should do in order to create brand loyalty and a following for its lesser-known artists. I for one will support them, give a listen to thier music and if it is to my liking, I will buy.


Hal Doby
Atlanta, GA

Posted by Hal Doby in Irvine, CA on October 13, 2003 at 2:35 PM (CDT)


Em, a small label (one I’ve never heard of at least) trying to make a name for itself by talking the talk?

Sniffs or attempted publicity myself!

Posted by docevi1 in Irvine, CA on October 13, 2003 at 3:39 PM (CDT)


Thier site is down… Mabye a little too much publicity?

Posted by FnArFy in Irvine, CA on October 13, 2003 at 5:30 PM (CDT)


It’s a small label, but not that small.  Download CAPTURE THE FLAG.  Nevertheless it does seem like a stunt because only a few albums (by some smaller bands on their roster) are available for download.

Posted by myoclonic in Irvine, CA on October 13, 2003 at 6:02 PM (CDT)


Actually I have a few CDs from Go-Kart Records and I enjoy their music . I think sometimes it just takes a small guy to stand up for the big guys.

Posted by bigdirtyfoot in Irvine, CA on October 13, 2003 at 6:24 PM (CDT)


Actually GoKart Records has been around for quite awhile and are a pretty big independent label with famous punk bands like Weston, Anti-Flag, Parasites, etc.

This isn’t a publicity stunt, you can already buy their CD’s in any major music store (what else could they possibly hope to accomplish?).

They’re just a successful small label voicing their opinion about the situation.  Unlike the RIAA, GoKart doesn’t have BILLIONS of dollars…yet they’re surviving the mp3 craze.

Good for them, I hope more labels follow suit…

Posted by RoMoFo in Irvine, CA on October 14, 2003 at 7:18 PM (CDT)


Go Go Kart!

Posted by Christianicononev.2 in Irvine, CA on October 14, 2003 at 10:18 PM (CDT)

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