Recording Industry To Sue Mobile Phone Operator Over MP3 Playing Phones

from the backwards-thinking dept

Back in April we had what we hoped was an April Fool’s joke: that the Korean music industry had forced mobile phone operators to make their MP3-playing mobile phones destroy MP3s. The plan was originally to force the phones degrade the quality of MP3s, but eventually a plan was worked out to force the phones to delete any MP3s after 72 hours. Apparently, none of this was enough, and the industry is now looking to sue. With all the success of both broadband and wireless technologies in Korea, it’s amazing that an industry could be so backwards to believe that they can actually grow a market by breaking the applications that people want.

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June says:

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The negotiation table among music industry, handset vendors and mobile operators was finally broken out recently. That development is largely due to the following; First, the smallest operator, LG Telecom, is still refusing to follow the plan memtioned above. Second, other handset vendors are still reluctant to do so since it has become evident that MP3 phones help to boost their recent phone sale. Third, most of software preventing users from the illegal use of MP3 files on their phones was already cracked by some users.

Sam Nobody says:

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The technology isn’t there now.
But it will be in ten years.
Not only that, but they’re also working on a new kind of sound that will be audible to humans but not recordable via tape recorder, digital, or other means.
That could theoretically be here a lot sooner… if it’s even possible.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Permanent4 (user link) says:

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Perhaps a massive dump of CD’s in a harbor somewhere is necessary in order to get the point across.

I doubt it. It’ll get on the news for all of 15 seconds, and the rest of the CD-buying public will scratch their heads at us, then go back to Target the next day and pick up that new Tamyra Gray disc without giving it a moment’s thought.

It’s not just CDs, either. Take a look at the Top 40 downloads on any digital music service. What do you see? The same songs you hear on the radio and see on TV. What are the chances for any indie artist to crack the iTunes Daily Top 10? It’s not impossible, but I dare say you have a better shot of winning the lottery.

We can’t change the RIAA. We have to change the minds of people. When was the last time you convinced 150 million people that they were wrong?

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