EMI's 'New Approach' To The Internet Looks A Lot Like The Old Approach

from the sue-sue-sue-sue dept

Apparently, EMI is finding it harder than expected to shackle its lawyers. The major record label was taken over by private equity guys who claimed they were going to take a new approach to the music industry, pointing to examples like Radiohead as the way to go. The company has made a few steps in the right direction -- such as threatening to leave the RIAA and the IFPI, as well as hiring some tech savvy talent. But, it just keeps sending out those lawyers filing all sorts of questionable lawsuits.

The latest is that EMI has sued both Hi5 and VideoEgg over user-uploaded videos that include some EMI music. Of course, under the DMCA, these sites are not responsible for any infringement from its users -- and if EMI has a legal beef with anyone, it would be those who uploaded the content. But, of course, it sues the companies who might actually have money. That "new approach" to the industry is looking an awful lot like the old approach. EMI is going to learn that the results are about the same too. Pissing off your fans and the websites that actually help promote your acts isn't going to go very far.

Filed Under: copyright, lawsuits, music, video
Companies: emi, hi5, videoegg

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    BillDem, 30 Jun 2008 @ 7:58am

    Maybe EMI is mid-transition and just in chaos?

    I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt for a short period of time, but they need to get their legal team under control quickly to show they are sincere about changing. In my opinion the best way would be to fire most of their lawyers outright and make the process very public. If I see a record company say they are changing their litigious ways and then they actually fire most of their lawyers publicly, THAT would get my attention and interest up immediately. Actions speak louder than words. If they keep a big legal team around, they obviously have plans to use them again.
    It would be nice to see EMI do the right thing now and possibly survive the coming music industry apocalypse. If they find they just can't change, I guess they'll just be one more dinosaur corporation to throw on the celebratory bonfire at the end of it all.

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