Industry Reaches New Heights Of Audacity
Aug 13, 2002
The death throes of a dinosaur are not
a pretty sight. In the face of civil disobedience (Napster
and its ilk) the recording industry resorted to the full power
of their monopoly. They pursued litigation with a vengeance,
and will continue. Regardless of your position, that clearly
is their right.
But they didnt stop there. With money
and power comes political success. Theres been little
public debate and weak opposition from the technology industry.
The entertainment industry bought favorable legislation (DMCA,
Consumer Broadband Act).
Theres more. For their next act they
seek to twist
the law for their own ends to invade your PC and network
(US Rep. Berman bill).
Still not done. They now want a Justice
Department that can hardly cope with worldwide terrorism to
divert limited resources to send
American digital music fans to jail. People like you and
me. So much for the memory and meaning of 9-11.
At a time when unbridled greed has shown
the ugly face of capitalism (Enron, WorldCom, etc.) these
actions demonstrate more of the same lack of business ethics
and corporate responsibility.
At the minimum the music industry is woefully
out of touch with and has no respect for the very consumers
who buy their product. It is no surprise music sales are declining
and people dont
trust big business.
At what point will the industry get a clue?
... At what point do the people say enough is enough?
Copyright 2002, Marc Freedman