An Important History Lesson For Legislators About The Entertainment Industry
from the sounds-familiar,-yes? dept
"I foresee a marked deterioration in American music...and a host of other injuries to music in its artistic manifestations, by virtue -- or rather by vice -- of the multiplication of the various music-reproducing machines..." -John Philip Sousa on the Player Piano (1906)Of course, each of those technologies helped expand the industry to new heights by opening up new opportunities. So why is it that, this time around, so many politicians seem willing to believe the dire predictions, even as there's increasing evidence (again) that these new technologies can help expand the market for anyone willing to embrace them?
"The public will not buy songs that it can hear almost at will by a brief manipulation of the radio dials." -Record Label Executive on FM Radio (1925)
"But now we are faced with a new and very troubling assault on our fiscal security, on our very economic life and we are facing it from a thing called the videocassette recorder." -MPAA on the VCR (1982)
"When the manufacturers hand the public a license to record at home...not only will the songwriter tie a noose around his neck, not only will there be no more records to tape [but] the innocent public will be made an accessory to the destruction of four industries." -ASCAP on the Cassette Tape (1982)