An interesting article being picked up by a variety of publications written by famed musician Don Henley, saying that the trouble facing the recording industry isn't about the internet or piracy, but about record labels that no longer understand what business they're in, and who are so focused on profit, they're forgetting that they're creating music and not a commoditized product. Henley's solution is that musicians should fight against media mergers and demand that labels treat musicians fairly. He seems to believe the only way to do this is to have the government step in. I'm not sure why this is necessary. Musicians should vote with their feet. If they're getting screwed over by the record labels (and they are), that's an opportunity for better record labels to come along. Some new labels are trying to be different, and if a few major musicians went in that direction others would quickly follow.
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