Throw Them In Copyright Jail!
from the misguided dept
The entertainment industry continues to be confused by copyright laws, now calling for people that run web sites with unlicensed lyrics and song tabs to be thrown in jail. No matter how hard Hollywood tries, copyright infringment isn't theft. Even if they set up their own police force, or manage to get the FBI to do their dirty work, the solution to their outmoded business model isn't to throw people in jail, it's to figure out how to compete. The head of the Music Publisher Association says photocopiers were "the big usurper of our potential income". The industry seems to have survived, without throwing copy machines in jail, so it should be able to negotiate the internet as well. The battle over song lyrics seems particularly pointless. Keeping them from getting out "unlicensed" is sort of hard, since, you know, they're sung in the song and everything.