Dixie Chicks Bite the Hand (and the Big One)

Link: Recording Industry To Begin Collecting Evidence And Preparing Lawsuits Against File "Sharers" Who Illegally Offer Music Online

Today, the Dixie Chicks rewarded the fans who stood by them by throwing them to the wolves. Here is the quote they lent to the RIAA press release:

It may seem innocent enough, but every time you illegally download music a songwriter doesn't get paid. And, every time you swap that music with your friends a new artist doesn't get a chance. Respect the artists you love by not stealing their music. You're in control. Support music, don't steal it.

If they had any respect for their fans, this is what they would have said:

It may seem innocent enough, but every time you illegally download music a songwriter doesn't get paid. That's why we are breaking ranks with the big record labels and calling for "compulsory song licensing." That way you can continue to enjoy the music you want, at a fair price, and the musicians will get their proper reward.

Rather than standing for what's fair, they want to turn legions of music listeners into criminals. Just so you know, I'm ashamed they are from Texas.