Warner Music Continues The Trend: No Innovation Unless It Owns A Piece Of It
from the chilling-effects dept
According to TechCrunch, that activity on Warner Music's part has now killed off an attempt by Facebook to open up its own music service. The company had been working for nearly a year on such a service, but Warner simply wouldn't allow it -- especially since it already had ownership stakes from a bunch of other players, and didn't want the competition. This is exactly the sort of chilling effect on innovation that we're consistently talking about. It's rather ridiculous that one company can hold up new and useful ways of listening to and sharing music. When things like the DMCA and other copyright extensions came out, the RIAA insisted that it would never try to block any new devices or services, but its members -- and Warner Music, in particular -- have never lived up to that agreement. Warner Music especially overvalues the music, and undervalues any service that makes that music more valuable -- and thus needs to block or kill off any such service that it can't own in some way. That's not the intention of copyright law, at all. In fact, it's a drastic abuse of copyright law.