by Carlo Longino

Stringer Struggles With Sony Stragglers

from the get-your-sack-ready dept

Howard Stringer's rough time at Sony continues, with problems at its content businesses adding to its woes in electronics. Sony Pictures is having a rough go of things, and seems to just be catching on that if it wants to turn a profit, it needs to generate more revenues from movies than it spends to make them, and apparently Stringer's plan to turn the company around by firing people didn't go high enough at its music business. Bertelsmann, the other owner of the Sony BMG joint venture, wants its CEO, Andrew Lack, removed, citing its poor results and "brusque and often unilateral" management style. What's interesting about the original article is that it doesn't make any mention of copy protection. While certainly DRM isn't solely to blame for Sony's woes, other executives in the company have cited its content divisions' insistence on DRM as a factor holding up innovation, and the recent rootkit fiasco isn't likely to help sales, either. This is all relevant because Lack has been a vocal and unflagging supporter of copy protection, blaming downloading for destroying his business rather than realizing it's been his lack of innovation and creativity to deal with technology that's damned his company. Locked-down content that people don't like doesn't seem to be working for Sony, and Bertlesmann sounds like it's getting frustrated. But will Sony change anything, other than the type of DRM its CDs use?

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  1. identicon
    lar3ry, Dec 5th, 2005 @ 5:01pm

    Answer to last question...

    Record companies aren't like that. They fought cassette recorders, they fought "digital media" (the "piracy tax" imposed on blank "audio" CDs). They will fight, tooth and nail, until they wither up and die.
    More and more music creators are realizing that the old studio system is dead. They are the creative ones; they are the ones that will realize that there are better ways to distribute their music and turn a profit.
    Sony will find itself, once again, Betamaxed.
    How appropriate!

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    scott, Dec 5th, 2005 @ 8:24pm

    You're Fired

    The marketing exec that believed an advertising campaign which imposed graffiti on urban neighborhoods that were already suffering from vandalism, drug use, and other criminal activity was a good idea should have also been shown the door. Hopefully, that will happen now.

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  3. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2005 @ 11:08pm

    Re: You're Fired

    yeah. certainly, graffiti is right up there with drug (ab)use and other "criminal activity". It reminds me of those waiting bench ads at the bus stops in in LA. The 3 '"NO's": Drinking, Drugs, and Graffiti. I was thinking maybe the 3 "NO's" might have been Murder, Rape, and maybe Theft or something; not on these benches.

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    thecaptain, Dec 6th, 2005 @ 5:01am

    Re: You're Fired

    Yes OF COURSE since we have MUCH greater crimes to worry about like Murder and rape, then OF COURSE there's NOTHING wrong with GRAFITI and well...how about SHOPLIFTING?

    Nope...nothing wrong there because we have MURDER and stuff to worry about...


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  5. identicon
    Bored, Dec 6th, 2005 @ 7:06am

    Re: You're Fired

    doen't? Think you got a typo there.

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