Your iPod Is Worth Over $8 Billion In Pirated Content According To RIAA [Video]

Your iPod Is Worth Over $8 Billion In Pirated Content According To RIAA [Video]
Have you heard horror stories about Sally May Blankenship who lives in Randomtown, U.S. State and got sued by the RIAA for like $17 million because she downloaded a Spice Girls album off of Shazamm? Better yet, remember SOPA, PIPA and the absurd laws being championed by Congress because they claimed piracy was costing us “$58 Billion” in lost annual income? It gets stupider: the RIAA actually claims an iPod contains $8 Billion dollars worth of intellectual property.

Just how ridiculous is that number? Rob Reid – founder of Rapsody – just gave this hilariously insightful TED Talk that reveals just how preposterous the RIAA’s claim are about piracy hurting the U.S. economy. Prepare to giggle your pants off at the RIAA and MPAA.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZadCj8O1-0

[via Gizmodo]

  • Meredith

    alright selling my now!! ill start the bidding at 6 billion!

  • facebook-100000670318505

    That is brilliant 

  • FriarNurgle

    Amazing the crazy things people say when they are at the end of their lives. 

  • FriarNurgle

    Amazing the crazy things people say when they are at the end of their lives. 

  • Tomi

    iPod For Sale-Asking Price: $7,999,999,999.99. Serious buyers only!

  • lornaevo

    These people are absurd.

  • BMWTwisty

    Tell the RIAA and MPAA wankers to piss off, please.

  • Mike Lauri

    As someone who works in the music industry and has always rightfully purchased content instead of stealing it even before I started in that line of work, I think the anti-SOPA hype that you are boasting here is misguided.  Although that particular law may not have been the “golden law” that businesses who deal with intellectual property would really benefit from (and that most internet users could consider fair), don’t scoff at the idea.  Piracy DOES cost us jobs, and it is not your right to steal content just because you feel like it.  If you don’t pay for great content, it will soon go away.  Steve Jobs knew that, and he bet the farm that people would agree and buy music, movies, and books on Apple devices.    

  • Andy Gall

    Wow I could sell mine of CL and someone might offer me $9 Billion if I ship it to their cousin in Asia!

  • jonathann92

    I thought people loved to make music and movies because they loved doing it. Not for the money.

    If that isn’t the case the music wouldn’t be so good so there would be no reason to even buy it. But if it is the case then media will still be made whether or not they are making a lot of money. Because face it they also make money from: private shows, concerts, events and starring in commercials.

  • Frisky

    the facts presented in this video are spot on.  the behavior of the RIAA/MPAA, SOPA and the valuation of a song at $150K are absurd and undermine any legitimate discussion about content theft. Furthermore, they promote apathy and pushback.

    but your dismissive and uninformed suggestion that content has no value and that creators should only expect to earn a living from ancillary sources is equally absurd. ‘star in commercials’?  is that really your suggestion?  exceptionally few ‘star’ in commercials and exceptionally few cover touring costs, much less turn a profit.

    we should all strive to love what we do for a living. but I don’t know many people who don’t expect to be paid for their work. to suggest creators should somehow be excluded from remuneration because you don’t want to pay a whopping 99 cents for a download or an outrageous $10/month for unlimited, ubiquitous streaming access to virtually all recorded music is pitiful. you should be embarrassed.

    here’s an idea… if you love what you do, donate your paycheck to charity and we will dismissively suggest alternate ways you can earn money.

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