The RIAA hates KaZaA. To listen to them it is because illegal file trading is the sole reason they cant keep their investors happy. We know that is not the sole reason. The music industry continually attempts to take a factory approach to what is inherently a flighty and unpredictable market. It takes month for them to do what KaZaA can do in a day. I recall that 60 minuets interview with Rather and the Dixie Chicks when he informed them they had made the record company over $200.000.000. Emily Robison answered, "Hmm. You're depressing me because we see so, so little of that. I haven't done the math because even before we got our deal, everyone always said, 'Don't ever expect to make money with records. Records are a promotional tool that you use to be able to do live shows and make money elsewhere. It turned out the record company paid them less than a million apiece and they still owed four more albums. They have made quite a lot of money thru live performances, as the record company said they would. The record company provides the publicity and distribution of music. It is an expensive thing made totally obsolete by KaZaA. When a well known band donates their music to the whole world does it endanger the prospects of paying concert fans or increase them? If that is your only source of money, why not give the reason or enticement away. The purchase of recorded material on some solid form of media is near its end. That kills the distribution end of the recording industry. Information transfer is all they can control. Basically the carpet has been pulled out and there is no profit left if they cant control the free transfer of copyrighted material. So why should an artist copyright material at all? When I open a Rolling Stone magazine and see a best release review of something given free to the web, I will know the RIAA is dead. The problem is this: so do they. The intense actions they will take to prevent non copy written music to be freely distributed will be the last big chance for them. What do you think? Can P2P kill the RIAA? If those we like to listen to make their money from live performances do they need these beasties on their backs? Will we see the total death of the recording/distribution industry because it is obsolete?