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.

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    Ron M, 20 Apr 2005 @ 9:20pm

    There's a Word for Things like this Simplistic Ana

    Easy to slam Lack, but the reality is what he is saying is true. There is an impasse between p2p operators, who cannot filter content in order to substitute authorized product lest they undermine the "dump pipe" self-description that protects them, and rights holders, who cannot let their authorized goods show up alongside pirated versions of same, less they undermine their legal position that the p2p operators are contributory infringers. This is the stuff that court battles are made of. There are real issues, and puffy speeches about creativity, laudatory though ignorant of the complexity of the conflict, make people feel good for a moment, but have no lasting impact. There's a word for this. It's called "wanking." ; )

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      Mike (profile), 21 Apr 2005 @ 12:18am

      Re: There's a Word for Things like this Simplistic

      How is he right? I'm confused. All he's said is that he can't figure out how to make the business work. Why is it other's responsibility to prop up his failing business? Why should we force P2P operators to cripple their own products?

      Did you actually read what we wrote? Or what Lack said?

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