You Would Think The Recording Industry's Main Magazine Wouldn't Copy Other's Works Without Permission
from the wouldn't-you? dept
Well, well, well. While I actually enjoy Billboard Magazine, and think that the current management there is doing some interesting things (and actually has a somewhat forward-looking attitude) even if they occasionally write bizarre hit pieces on me, it still is the magazine for the legacy recording industry in many ways. So I have to admit a bit of amusement in seeing that it apparently copied a blog post from Ethan Kaplan and posted it as a “guest post” on their own site… but did so entirely without permission from Kaplan.
Kaplan is being cool about it, saying he’s happy to have it reposted, but would have liked Billboard to have asked him first. You would think that a magazine that believes so strongly in copyright law would have done so. But, I guess it’s one of those situations where it doesn’t seem like such a big deal when “we” do it. It’s only when those dirty “others” do it that it’s “theft.”
Anyway, as with other thoughts by Kaplan, I highly recommend this post as well, though, you should probably read the original on his own site, rather than giving Billboard the traffic. The post discusses Kaplan’s discussion of why it’s time to kill off the shiny plastic disc (and how he once made that suggestion at Warner Music… and was rapped on the knuckles for it, since “the shiny disk still paid for my shiny servers.”)
The crux of Kaplan’s argument:
Consider for a moment the amount of supply chain management, staffing and processes in place just to produce a CD and get it out to third party retail. And consider the CD itself: a 74 minute bit conveyance mechanism that is pretty much disposable. They are often used just once: to rip the bits.
So in the end, the CD is this:
A once major source of high margin revenue which is now taking disproportionate back line expense to prop up, in order to justify the size of an industry which does not exist anymore. And even if that expense is not significant in hard numbers, the inertia it creates at the resultant diverted and stifled innovation sure is.
It’s time to kill it. Bring it out back and shoot it. And then really take a look at what is left.
Go read the full thing (at Kaplan’s site). It’s well worth it.