Saturday, January 26, 2008

MIDEM 2008: Goldsmith twigs something's up

It would shatter our hearts, were it not so funny: down in the South of France, Harvey Goldsmith furrows his brow:

“The technology [to protect online music from 'piracy'] is there but savvy kids are saying ‘while they’re all arguing, I can grab this stuff for free’.”

After about a decade, someone in the old-style music industry has finally realised that procrastination has just created a vacuum into which people have rushed.

Sadly, the realisation has come way, way too late; and Goldsmith's conclusion - that it means its time for the music industry to really sort out putting the locks in place - is the exact opposite of what's needed.

[Part of MIDEM 2008]