16 May, 2003

Look at us...we love technology!

According to Hilary Rosen, the RIAA really does embrace technology! Yes, that's what she said. I'm not kidding. The RIAA is all about new technology.

The reason we do what we do is not a love of litigation but rather a love of music. What other form of entertainment can move you the way music does? And what other form can move with you during every part of your day? Don't overlook these simple facts -- they're the reason that, contrary to the predictions of some doom-and-gloom naysayers, the record industry is poised to rebound.

Um, Hilary? You are one of those doom-and-gloom naysayers. Listening to you, I'd swear the entire recording industry is on the verge of going tits up if just one more person downloads a song off the internet (for free, that is).

And what will the vehicle for this rebound be? Technology. Yes, technology.

Uh-huh. Come on, let's face facts: Sure, technology is doing good things for the music industry, but the RIAA is not at the forefront of the movement. It's been other companies, particularly non-recording industry companies, doing the big stuff. The RIAA is drowning in a sea of technology, looking for a business model to use as a life preserver. It needs to realize that the market will drive development of music technology, and not the RIAA.

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