in modern communism regimes, virtually every good was produced by One Very Big company. No competition in the market.
The RIAA is much like this and a classic example of oligopoly, if not an undeclared cartel. Napster for example, represented distribution competition. Their argument that it was bad for the artists was rather flimsy, since while not *great* for the artist, neither is any recording company for that matter.
The pushing for copyright legislation is simply fostering this big, while not governmental, one-stop place for entertainment. The big conglomerate of companies. I recall the RIAA pushing for only *approved* songs could be distributed on napster, which struck me as silly because the RIAA doesnt represent every artist there is...
On the other hand, many of RMS's ideas about free software and what not are in the spirit of utopian theoretical communism of which nobody has seen put in place yet (though it would still probably not work, due to human nature and other, non-utopian problems).
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