Tuesday, July 23, 2002

PIRACY MUST STOP. SOME DAY: Nice piece from the BBC's Matthew Price in Belgrade, covering the pirate CD market there. What's interesting is the pragmatic approach taken by the Serbian government. Deputy Culture Minister Aleksandra Jovicevic tells Price that, yes, something must be done to stop pirates. Soon. But with the culture of underground swapping of music having taken hold during the war, and generally low wages, it's clear that they're reluctant to diminish the quality of people's lives still further by sudden and decisive action. In effect, the Serbian government seems to be saying: We'll start to deal with the problem, when the record companies start to make their product a bit more realisitcally priced.

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