Sony Music Chief Explains Why Supreme Court Should Cover His Lack Of Imagination
from the let's-try-this-again dept
Earlier this month, Sony Music chief Andrew Lack gave an interview where he ranted and blamed kids downloading music for his own inability to adjust the company to the changing marketplace. It appears that he’s not stopping. In an interview with USA Today, where the interviewer deserves credit for asking the tough questions, Lack again shows his lack of creativity and inability to manage — and determines that he needs the US Supreme Court to pick up the pieces from his own failures. The interviewer asks Lack: “Instead of attacking a technology, isn’t it your challenge to find ways to use it constructively?” Lack responds by saying: “I’ve tried. The P2P services … aren’t willing to discuss in good faith a legitimate usage of their material.” In other words, because Lack can’t figure out how to leverage these technologies to his advantage there simply isn’t a way? Meanwhile, plenty of others have found that embracing the technology can help them make a lot more money than they were before. So, the court case comes down to the fact that Lack (and his colleagues) lack creativity and business acumen in helping their firms adjust to new technologies. There’s no reason why the Supreme Court should be protecting bad executives just because they have no creativity. Also, Lack claims that all he’s seeking for in this case is “balance.” There’s no “balance.” The makers of buggies didn’t get “balance” when automobiles came along — and they didn’t get to have the Supreme Court cripple automobiles to make the buggies remain competitive either. That is what this case is about. The entertainment industry wants to cripple the internet to make it more like radio or TV. That’s “balance” to them.