RIAA Just Keeps On Suing Students: Conversation At The End Of A Gun Barrel
from the some-conversation dept
The folks at Warner Music Group insist that their efforts to convince universities to enforce a not-so-voluntary “usage fee” on all students is part of an attempt to start a conversation on new business models. However, they conveniently leave important stakeholders (those who would be forced to shoulder the bill) out of such a conversation, and have still refused to actually participate here in the conversation. So far, their only “participation” was having a PR person send a statement scolding me for daring to raise questions about such a plan. Apparently, the sort of conversation Warner Music wants is one where everyone lines up and agrees with Warner Music.
And, of course, it should surprise no one that the RIAA, where Warner Music has plenty of influence, is still out there filing more lawsuits, even as Warner insists it’s turned over a new leaf and is looking for a more reasonable solution. In other words, this isn’t a “conversation” at all. It’s a protection racket. Warner Music and the other major record labels are just going to keep suing until people agree to hand them a big chunk of money, apparently.
So, Warner Music, if you really want people to believe that you’ve turned over a new leaf, and that you’re interested in a real conversation about new music industry business models, how about you call off the legal dogs and stop filing lawsuits against both individuals and companies and actually participate in a conversation? We’re still more than willing to help facilitate such a conversation.