Richard Marx Speaks Out Against the Record Industry’s “Reaming” of the Consumer

Now, here’s something unexpected: Richard Marx, he of “Should’ve Known Better” fame (or, at least that’s how I best remember him), is speaking out against the record industry after his song “Now and Forever” was one listed as one of the songs that Jammie Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay $1,920,000 ($80,000 per song) for downloading.

Marx writes:

As a longtime professional songwriter, I have always objected to the practice of illegal downloading of music. I have also always, however, been sympathetic to the average music fan, who has been consistently financially abused by the greedy actions of major labels. These labels, until recently, were responsible for the distribution of the majority of recorded music, and instead of nurturing the industry and doing their best to provide the highest quality of music to the fans, they predominantly chose to ream the consumer and fill their pockets.

So now we have a “judgment” in a case of illegal downloading, and it seems to me, especially in these extremely volatile economic times, that holding Ms. Thomas-Rasset accountable for the continuing daily actions of hundreds of thousands of people is, at best, misguided and at worst, farcical. Her accountability itself is not in question, but this show of force posing as judicial come-uppance is clearly abusive. Ms. Thomas-Rasset, I think you got a raw deal, and I’m ashamed to have my name associated with this issue.

Wow. Just wow. This is something you expect out of Trent Reznor, but not Richard Marx. Right? It’s very nifty to see all sorts of artists speaking out against this nonsense.

Thanks to Mashable for linking this up.