Quarterly Report, Fourth Quarter 2003**extended quarter, covering August 26-December 31, 2003
Project ReportsIn-Store Labeling Project
-6,000 CD labels sent to activists in US, Canada, and around the world. Many thousands more have been downloaded and printed. [LINK]
Peer-to-Peer Legal Defense Fund
-Downhill Battle developed a unique peer-to-peer system to distribute donations directly to recipients.
-Nearly $4,000 was raised for people who have been targeted by the RIAA lawsuits. [LINK]
-The Defense Fund received coverage in several major newspapers. [LINK]
-Thousands of flyers downloaded, printed, and posted around the world.
-16 original flyers now available in 3 languages. [LINK]
Stop RIAA Lawsuits Coalition (stopriaalawsuits.com)
-The Coalition brought together almost 200 websites to call for a boycott of RIAA music until the lawsuits end. [LINK]
-Began a series of interviews with prominent independent musicians, record labels, and other music luminaries. [LINK]
-Partnered with OEbase to provide the Downhill Battle music player, which features streaming music from independent labels and unsigned musicians. Listeners can buy albums from OEbase through the player. [LINK]
Press Coverage-Quoted or reported on in many major newspapers including: the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, Associated Press, Reuters, and CNET.com. [LINK]
-Appeared on COMCAST television and FOX25 Boston.
-William F. Buckley said about us, “An organization called Downhill Battle (downhillbattle.org) fights strenuously for the Jane Does of this world and helps to mobilize legal defense and a legal and moral armory of arguments.” [LINK]
Website Statistics-Over 300,000 unique visitors to downhillbattle.org since its launch on August 26.
-Over 250,000 unique visitors to whatacrappypresent.com in two weeks. The site topped blogdex.net and popdex.com for several days.
-iTunes iSbogus is the most linked iTunes-related site on the internet other than iTunes itself according to Google. The page also topped blogdex.net and popdex.com at its peak. [LINK]
-Approximately 3,500 emails written this quarter.
Quotes of the Quarter-THEIRS: In a Reuters article, RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy said about Downhill Battle: "It's an uphill battle for these folks to offer anything worthwhile." [LINK]
-OURS: After the RIAA hired the Director of the ATF, Holmes was quoted in the NY Post: "If they have the same success stopping downloading as the ATF had stopping illegal gun sales, I don't think downloaders have anything to worry about." [LINK]
Failures-Downhill Battle did not meet its quarterly objective of eliminating all five major record labels. This goal has been rescheduled for completion in Q1 2004.
-Downhill Battle has no money.