Thursday, July 31, 2003

RECORD COMPANIES FOUND GUILTY OF PRICE-FIXING AGAIN: This time, the US labels have been caught coming to agreements to artificially inflate the price of Three Tenors records.

We're not going to bother cranking up our own outrage, so we're just going to adapt some stuff we found on the internet about how bad downloading is, and do a quick find and replace:

Based on Online Piracy and Electronic Theft - RIAA:
Because of the nature of the theft, the damage is difficult to calculate but not hard to envision. Millions of dollars are at stake. Many record companies see nothing wrong with fixing an occasional album price or even an entire catalogue through a cartel, despite the fact it is illegal under recently enacted federal legislation.

After Britney's anti-downloading advert:
"Would you go into someone's house and steal cash from their wallet? It’s the same thing, people deliberately setting prices and inflating charges and stealing our money. It’s the exact same thing, so why do it?"

After Hilary Rosen's little fireside chat:
"Too many people don't realise that when you artificially inflate a price by collusion or some other price-fixing method, what you're doing is stealing money"

And so on. The rest of this writes itself.

FYI: One of the stars who signed up to the Music United campaign for fair copyright downloads or whatever it was called (interestingly, the site - which had quotes from pop people about how they'd bloody well starve if you so much as downloaded a single Spearmint MP3) was Luciano Pavarotti. Who would, of course, have been one of The Three Tenors; which we guess would make him an expert on unfairness, no?

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