Tuesday, August 25, 2009

UK Music: "We don't want to get our hands dirty"

Music Week's coverage of Mandelson's yacht rules includes an unnamed UK Music spokesperson. In the middle of the clapping and giggling, there's this:

More than that, [the] trigger mechanisms [that had originally been proposed by Digital Britian] would have required our members to take legal action against individuals – a move the UK music industry has consistently resisted.

Yes, consistently resisted the idea that, erm, the copyright industry should pay to police its own copyright. Given that these businesses mainly exist to exploit intellectual property, isn't refusing to pay the cost of protecting the property a bit like a builder wanting somebody else to pay for his hod and cement mixer?

[Thanks to Peter D for the link]