Suddenly Hilary Rosen Realizes How She Harmed The RIAA's Future

from the took-her-long-enough dept

Hilary Rosen, who ran the RIAA for many years, and was instrumental in their plan to sue Napster, Grokster, thousands upon thousands of individuals and to oppose any efforts to embrace file sharing or admit that there were business models that could be created around it, apparently wrote up a nice little column yesterday, before the Grokster decision was released -- in which she seems to have realized the fundamental truth. These file sharing systems aren't going away. Even as the industry "won" the Grokster decision, she admits that it will be impossible to stop all of the software that's already out there, and all of the software that's still waiting to come out -- which will only be more secure, more hidden and more difficult to shut down. She then goes on to complain about the limited selection of legal services, as well as the annoying DRM placed on them. She then makes the point that so many of us tried to explain to her while she was leading this crusade and making all of this possible: it's fundamentally a business model issue, and it's a situation where the industry needs to adopt new business models. Why didn't she ever say any of this when she was actually in a position to make a difference? Instead, she walked the industry down deeper into a hole that is becoming increasingly difficult for them to climb out of, despite today's ruling in Grokster.

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  1. identicon
    The Antagonist, Jun 27th, 2005 @ 3:11pm

    While Rome Burns

    A couple of articles which discuss a few things that seem to be beyond the bounds of open peer-to-peer and economic discussion.
    Filesharing - The New Economy of Community
    Morpheus/Gr okster Senate Ruling Explained

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  2. identicon
    Danno, Jun 27th, 2005 @ 3:21pm

    No Subject Given

    Perhaps she secretly wanted the music industry to die a horrible fiery death only, like the Phoenix from its ashes, to be revitalized in a new and beautiful way?


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    Johnny, Jun 28th, 2005 @ 6:36am

    The Hilary Rosen article is not written by her.

    THe article this post refers to, is actually a satire peice written by Arianna Huffington. Look at the top headline....

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  4. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Jun 28th, 2005 @ 7:09am

    Re: The Hilary Rosen article is not written by her

    No, Johnny, it really is her. A background story on the Huffington Post can be found here.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 28th, 2005 @ 10:04am

    Hillary Rosen - Hillary Clinton = CUNTS

    Fuck Hillary Rosen, fuck her retraction to all the bullshit she caused the music sharing industry.

    I hope the cunt rots in hell.

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 28th, 2005 @ 12:13pm

    Re: Hillary Rosen - Hillary Clinton = CUNTS

    Call me, I can get you a discount on the anger management class. It starts next week.

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  7. identicon
    DittoBox, Jun 6th, 2006 @ 9:19am

    This is what needs to happen...

    This is what needs to happen in order for me start buying music again. I want something like iTunes, without DRM. I also want to be able to connect to this store using whatever OS I please. (AJAX anyone?)

    I want to download FLAC versions or OGG level 8 versions, as well as MP3s if I want. I'll pay a slight premium to get access to the FLACs, because with those I can convert to any other format. FLACs are larger so the premium makes sense because of bandwidth. Better yet, waive the premium if I share my files on a secured, anonymous P2P network (on fully supported OSs) that authenticates with their servers for 72 hours after purchase (up to a week for less popular songs) and seeds my new songs to others who have purchased the same thing.

    I want to do this from the comfort of my home, in my preferred OS, I want to copy my songs onto all my immediate families computers or music players if they want it, as well as my MythTV.

    Until this happens I will only buy non-DRM'd CDs.

    If the recording industry continues to pursue wrongful legislation, continues to screw over normal people with asinine law suits, continues to push DRM in any way and continues to treat me --a customer who pays for all his music-- like a criminal...then you recording industry baboons can kiss my sweet dollar goodbye.

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