Send Back Your MP3s!
Send Back Your MP3s!
We knew stealing that music was wrong. Stealing is never OK. But, it was just too easy. So we told ourselves we were just "sharing" the music, because everyone knows that sharing is a good thing.
But then we learned what we were really doing. We heard our favorite recording artists telling us that our "sharing" is really shoplifting and piracy. We were stealing from the musicians and singers we love!
That was when we looked at each other and said: "No more! It's time to make it right by giving back what we stole!" And that's just what we did! We sent back all the MP3's we'd illegally downloaded. Everyone one of them!
Won't you join us in sending them back?
Send them back! Right back to the Recording Industry of America Association, the industry association that helps our favorite artists keep on making the music we love.
Send them back! We did...and we feel great!
It's Easy! Here's How!!
1. Look up the email address of your regional RIAA authority (listed in your white pages under "Recording Industry: Regional Authorities)
2. Open up your email program, such as Microsoft Outlook™ or Microsoft Outlook Express™
3. Create an email to the email address you found.
4. Attach all the MP3s you're returning. (If you don't know how to attach a file, look in the help file for your email program).
5. Press send.
1. Burn a copy of your stolen MP3's. (Here's a guide: You can fit about 200 MP3s on a CD.)
2. Package the CD's in a plastic case
3. Place the CD case in an envelope. Carefully cut a piece of cardboard the size of the CD case.
4. Seal the envelope. (Hint: You might consider putting in a note saying you're sorry.)
5. Put on the right number of stamps.
6. Address it to: The RIAA c/o America
Snail Mail 'em
1. Locate on your computer the first MP3 you want to send. (Hint: MP3s usually end with the letters ".MP3" or ".mp3"
2. Open up your hex editor. (Did you know that "hex" is short for "hexadecimal?" Well now you do! )
3. Resize the hex dump (usually on the left side of the page) as small as it goes. You won't be needing it.
4. Drag-select the ASCII dump. Use the "copy" command.
5. Open your favorite word processor such as Microsoft Word™ or Microsoft WordPad™. Press "paste."
6. Set the page margins to 1" all around (2.54 centimeters). Consider single-spacing.
7. Load your printer with a fresh ream of paper. (Did you know that there are 500 pages in a ream?)
8. Press print.
9. Pack the paper carefully in a carton and take to the post office.
10. Send to the RIAA address in Method #2.
1. Follow the instructions for snail mailing, but do not go to the post office.
2. Look up the fax number of the nearest RIAA Regional Authority.
3. Load your fax machine with the paper. (Hint: Most fax machines can only load 10-20 pages at a time. Can you figure out how many batches your MP3s will take...without using a calculator!)
4. Press send.
Now don't you feel better?