Music Execs Confuse "Choice" With Making You Pay Over And Over Again

from the let's-try-this-again dept

JeffVCheesedOff writes in with a link to a BBC story where they ask a bunch of recording industry execs questions about the digital music market and file sharing. The answers are exactly what you'd expect, with all the typical "it's just wrong" and "no musicians would ever make money" quotes that you've come to expect -- despite the fact that they're simply not true. However, Jeff pointed out one particular quote, concerning copy protection technology that he found particularly upsetting for a good reason. John Kennedy from the IFPI (the international version of the RIAA) is quoted as saying: "Without DRM, the explosion in the availability of music via digital channels would not have been possible. The purpose of DRM is not to alienate music fans, it is actually to improve your access to music. There are now at least 10 ways in which you can legally enjoy music - the list includes: ringtone, master ringtone, phone download, phone stream, a-la-carte download, disc, subscription, online stream, UMD music for PlayStation, kiosk and video. Without DRM, these options simply wouldn't be possible."

That is, of course, flat out wrong. You could do pretty much all of those things without any form of content protection. It would appear, however, that what Kennedy really means is that these new options are simply more ways for the industry to get you to pay again for what you already paid for. To make this even more amusing, another questions asks about why people should be forced to buy the same song multiple times... and he blames the tech industry: "I agree with you we'd like nothing more than for you to be able to download or transfer music securely between your phone, your home and work PC, a couple of your players and your home Hi-Fi system, for example. But we don't make the technology, we create the music. It's the technology companies that hold the key to achieving this." Of course, maybe if he didn't insist on putting copy protection on everything, then it would work just fine.



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    UnreferencedVariable, Jan 24th, 2006 @ 5:29pm

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    Aren't the tech companies being paid by the music industry to create these technologies?

     

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    littleandy, Jan 24th, 2006 @ 10:59pm

    DRM

    As long, as I can't make at least one copy of a Music Disc for my car and rip it for my mp3-player (which includes, that I can store it on my PC and maybe on my external disc and load it to my mp3-player as often as I choose to), I won't buy any Music Disc at all. Maybe that's what the music industry wants...

     

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    Xanthir, Jan 25th, 2006 @ 6:41am

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    "I agree with you we'd like nothing more than for you to be able to download or transfer music securely between your phone, your home and work PC, a couple of your players and your home Hi-Fi system, for example. But we don't make the technology, we create the music. It's the technology companies that hold the key to achieving this."

    He's a horrible person, I'm sure, but the bolded line shows what he means. To these people, because technology cannot allow transfers to happen "securely" (ie without any possibility of illegal copying) they are then forced to cripple the musics with DRM.

    It's retarded logic, but it's not outright lies.

     

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    Fat One, Jan 25th, 2006 @ 9:29am

    Come on..

    When are these people going to realize that copy protection in itself is a flawed idea? There is never going to be a time where someone cannot copy a disc bit for bit, or figure out a way to get around the DRM. The fact that the content is supposed to be viewed or listened to opens it up to copying and there's no way around that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 26th, 2006 @ 9:40am

    screw it..

    i don't buy music at all anymore, with so many DRM hurdles and pitfalls and security issues its just much safer and simplier to download it illegally ;)

    if they would just embrace 'new' technology, like this newfangled 'internet' idea and make their music more easily available they could be raking it in

    just sell us the damn music, not your contraints

     

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    Anonymous, Mar 16th, 2006 @ 6:05pm

    Screw the big boys

    Just buy discs from small artists directly through their website ... screw these record execs cause they don't deserve the money.

     

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