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Holmes Wilson - hw@downhillbattle.org - 508-963-7832
Jon Newton - p2pnet@p2pnet.net - 206-347-6068

Downhill Battle (www.dowhillbattle.org)
p2pnet (www.p2pnet.net) Movies for Music (www.moviesformusic.org)
Phone: 508-963-7832 / Fax: 775-878-0379

P2P Supporters Launch Online Film Contest to Lay Bare the Music Monopoly

DOWNHILL BATTLE (June 14, 2004) - "Movies for Music" (moviesformusic.org) is an online film contest with a simple aim: to give the public a clear and honest look at the music industry. As more people learn how the music business works, major label CD sales will plummet faster. The contest launches Monday.

"The entertainment industry, with Big Music to the fore, has been ripping off music, musicians and music-lovers for decades, and getting away with it, stone cold," said p2pnet's Jon Newton, "Now that's changing, and we believe this hard look at the Big Five labels, their RIAA, CRIA, IFPI and other 'trade' units, will speed things up."

"It's been our experience that, once people learn how the music business works, few if any can stomach buying a major label CD," said Downhill Battle co-founder Holmes Wilson.

The major label monopoly is now completely at the mercy of music fans, who now have ways to get music and to support the musicians they love directly. In this context, a few simple informational short films can have an enormous impact.

"Now that everyone can get music for free, the life or death of the major record labels depends on public opinion," said Downhill Battle's Ian Callahan, "A few thoughtful short films about the music business can go a long way towards eroding any residue of public support the majors still enjoy."

"Once the major labels lose their grip on promotion and distribution, independent labels and unsigned musicians can compete on a level playing field," said Downhill Battle's Rebecca Laurie, "If majors go bankrupt, that's good for musicians and good for music."

Downhill Battle is an activist organization that's working to create a music industry that's more efficient, more fair, and more fun. Past Downhill Battle successes include the "Peer-to-peer Legal Defense Fund," which raised thousands of dollars for families sued for filesharing, and the "Grey Tuesday" protests, which made the "Grey Album"--a groundbreaking remix record censored by EMI--the number one album in America.

p2pnet was the first Internet site to carry daily, frequently updated news stories, features and commentaries discussing developments in the peer-to-peer and digital media arenas. P2Pnet's focus is on digital media and file sharing, but it's a key part of a growing movement of print and electronic media outlets that are accessing and exchanging news which hasn't been spun, filtered and pre-digested by corporate interests.

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