Record Exec: Experts Cannot Criticize Our Strategies
from the say-what? dept
If you want to see just how confused recording industry execs are these days, go read this exchange between Andrew Dubber and Paul Birch (via Boing Boing). Dubber is a lecturer at the University of Central England who writes a great blog about the music industry focused on new strategies for the industry. Birch is the head of Revolver Records. The email conversation goes back and forth as Birch insists that Dubber’s link to a Download Squad post was somehow inappropriate. The link is about someone fighting back against yet another bad lawsuit by the RIAA. Why is it inappropriate? That’s hard to parse from Birch’s rambling emails, but it appears to have something to do with giving support to people who hate the RIAA. In the end, after Dubber explains that criticism of actual events seems valid, and Birch responds that if Dubber doesn’t take down his post, he’s going to report Dubber to his university. Reading through the exchange, you begin to realize why the recording industry is in so much trouble. They really believe that anyone criticizing them must be some crazy punk kid trying to steal from them — and can’t believe that anyone who actually knows what they’re talking about could criticize their policies, even as the situation gets worse and worse. And, if an expert actually does criticize their policies, it means they’re supporting piracy and putting RIAA execs at risk — and that can’t be allowed.