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Spooking the RIAA
On Halloween evening (Friday, October 31), a loosely-organized group of music fans plans to launch a global boycott against the industry, with multiple "Raves Against the Bullies." The effort's aims include a cessation of lawsuits against file-sharers, more favorable contracts for recording artists, and changing "the way music is distributed and marketed," according to a Music News Alerts! item posted October 7.
Backers of the boycott are pushing for record labels to sign a "Music Artist's Bill of Rights." Boycott organizers claim that they will encourage music fans not to buy from noncompliant record labels, and will be playing only "free" downloaded music at their raves.