Hillary Rosen Chimes In Again, About 5 Years Too Late

from the what-took-you-so-long? dept

Since quitting as head of the RIAA, Hillary Rosen's made comments a few times showing a total change of heart about the need for the music business to change its business models to thrive, rather than try to maintain the status quo by bullying consumers with DRM and suing file-sharers. She's done it again, saying that the RIAA's lawsuits are useless and that the industry needs to embrace technology rather than run scared from it. It's not as if these issues have changed drastically since she left the record labels' lobby group, so it's hard to understand what's made her completely turn around her views. Again, we're left with one question -- why didn't she say any of this when she was running the RIAA? Its policies and actions during that time only made a bad situation worse, and not only frustrated consumers, but hurt the record labels.


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    Mitch, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 8:06am

    Amazing

    It is amazing how many peoples ideas and feelings change when they leave companies/organizations.

     

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    Chip, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 8:20am

    Better Late than Never

    Perhaps she simply grew to understand that her position was incorrect. I applaud her for reaching the correct conclusion, one that is obvious to many here, but unfortunately seems like a great stretch to others. Perhaps one of the reasons she is no longer the head of the RIAA is that she started to feel that the solution was not 'improved' DRM or was a new business model, and was pressured/forced to leave. One person, even if they are the head of the RIAA, is not going to change this ideology overnight. I think that this is an individual who has come to appreciate an inevitability over the course of time, and I think this is very much to this woman's credit!

     

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    Moneyguy, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 8:29am

    Why didn't she say ...?

    I'll be the first to admit that money isn't everything, but is this really a serious question: "...why didn't she say any of this when she was running the RIAA?"

    When your paycheck is based on touting the company line, you say what you're told to say. (Which is one reason why I run my own business.) I don't think Ms. Rosen would have been long for the position if she spoke out against the RIAA propaganda while working for them.

    I wouldn't have a problem with this if she still held the belief that the RIAA's position was the correct one. After all, people of good conscious often disagree.

    Then there is the possibility that she has since changed her mind, but it reminds me of one of my favorite quotes and one I strive to live by:

    "The truth of the matter, is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."

    General Norman H. Schwarzkopf

     

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    Tashi, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 8:56am

    It makes me think that though she made have been head of the RIAA, she wasn't actually running the RIAA. Which makes me wonder who's really pulling the strings.

     

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    anonymous coward, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 9:31am

    hilary rosen is a whore, but instead of putting something IN her mouth for money, stuff comes OUT of her mouth for money.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 9:33am

    After her change of heart she may have realized that she couldnt make any real changes on the inside of the RIAA so she left.

    Or perhaps her first thought was to get a safe distance away from the RIAA before making a move. We all know that that corporation would have easily destryoed her if she had tried to stay and fight from within.

    If Darth Vader's last actions in Return of the Jedi taught us anything they taught us that its never too late to change.

     

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    Chance, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 9:34am

    Call me a cynic

    But I always feel money is at the root of it all, especially when history has shown this true. So the cynic in me immediately thinks that she is getting paid from somewhere to make these statements.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 9:44am

    perhaps we need to find a way to get her back into the RIAA driver's seat. not knowing for sure why she left in the first place, perhaps now that she spoke out publicly her actions on the inside can be more affective and perhaps even, over a long period of time because we dont forget over night, improve RIAA's image.

    ye right...like that will ever happen

     

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    Sean, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 9:49am

    Group Blindness

    Could be one of those situations, when you're inside the "group", you don't fully appreciate what the group is doing. Only an outsider can see clearly. And now she's an outsider.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 10:14am

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    perhaps we need to find a way to get her back into the RIAA driver's seat(/i>

    Why? People like this are merely prostitutes. Except instead of selling their bodies, they sell their values. I seriously doubt if she suddenly became head of the RIAA she'd continue to hold her current "beliefs" as she'd come to "realize" how "unaware" she's been of how truly the the recording industry was being "hurt" these days.

     

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    Jason, Jun 7th, 2006 @ 11:19am

    Re: Amazing

    Yeah, it's difficult not to believe in something if your paycheck is directly related to you not believing it.

     

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