from the what-sort-of-references-does-he-have? dept
You would think that anyone taking an objective look at the RIAA would recognize what a complete disaster the organization has been over the past decade. It's fought off every new innovation in the marketplace (remember, it tried to kill off mp3 players as illegal), alienated a huge number of its biggest customers and
failed to do much to actually get the industry in a position to capitalize on new distribution and promotional methods created by the internet. In other words, it's done plenty to hurt the industry while doing almost nothing to help it. You would think that might make folks in similar organizations think twice about hiring execs from the RIAA, but perhaps not.
The Entertainment Software Association -- basically the RIAA for video game companies -- has apparently hired a high level RIAA exec
. And not just any high level exec, but the guy who was in charge of the RIAA's disastrous litigation efforts. The ESA hasn't been as widely reviled as the RIAA or MPAA (or even the BSA), but it has had its run-ins
with folks in the past
. And, of course, it was just about a year ago that the ESA's boss was whining that he wished more countries copied the DMCA
. No wonder Davenport Lyons is having a field day suing
people for file sharing video games. It appears that the video gaming industry is looking to follow in the footsteps of all the RIAA's mistakes.