Interesting Tim O'Reilly article.

From: Alexander Schreiber <>
Date: Fri Dec 13 12:14:38 2002

On Fri, Dec 13, 2002 at 09:29:41AM -0800, Eric Smith wrote:
> Wayne M. Smith wrote:
> > I understood his point, but I don't agree that the studios/record
> > companies are obligated to do anything or face having their content
> > stolen.
> *** There is a lot of evidence to suggest that unauthorized copying by
> end users is NOT having a significant negative affect on record industry
> revenue. The economic downturn is probably responsible for much more
> of the record industry financial woes, but of course the RIAA claims
> otherwise.

I find it amazing: the economy is going down, lots of companies are
shrinking or going out of business - but the recording companies
complain that their profits aren't growing as fast as they used to and
blaim it on the customer who - according to them - is a lying, stinking,
filthy stealing pirate who needs to be put in jail and have his money
taken away (and handed over to the poor, starving record companies
who'll have to delay the purchase of another dozen personal jet liners
for their CEOs because those damned customers aren't purchasing new CDs
fast enough). Yes, this is a bit over the top, but still I think the
RIAA and MPAA need a serious whack with the reality cluestick.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and
 looks like work."                                      -- Thomas A. Edison
Received on Fri Dec 13 2002 - 12:14:38 GMT

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