Saturday, March 16, 2002

MOVES TO OUTLAW COPY PROTECTION: You do wonder if sometimes record industry execs, washing the spunk dribble from their thighs as the too-young girls teeter drunkenly on their heels round the Cannes hotel bedroom, ever rue the day they decided fuck with the status quo of home copying. Prior to the Metallica whinge, everything had settled into a spot of blind-eye turning that worked in everyone's favour. Yes, copies were made, but it was clear that it was just another way of tunes getting known - it worked in everyone's favour. It was the street-team concept, but without the sickening smell of bomber jacket and cokedust that the officially endorsed enthusiasm squads give off. Since the start of the industry taking on the kids over Napster, however, more and more light has been shone on practices the industry take for granted that may not actually be entirely fair. We've already seen how one part of the fallout has been a question mark being thrown over the legality of record companies taking artists' copyright; now there's an attempt being made to rule any form of copy protection unconstitutional. And they still haven't stopped people who want to swapping MP3 files. But at least you closed Napster, didn't you? Well done...
MSN reports - "... actually, now we come to think of it, home taping didn't actually kill music either, did it?"

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