by Mike Masnick
Tue, Mar 10th 2009 9:32am
Remember how EMI insisted it was going in a new direction that wouldn't be anti-technology and anti-fan? The company even hired some well-respected Silicon Valley techies for street cred. And then... it just kept on suing any and every innovation that came, often making it personal. Last month we wrote about yet another such lawsuit that had numerous troubling implication. The lawsuit targeted a developer of a service, Swurl, who just used an API for another service, Seeqpod, that was being sued. It's quite troublesome to claim that one company is liable for simply using an API of another company who, itself, is probably not doing anything infringing. But, EMI is a big company with lots of money (though, it's dwindling) and the developer it sued, Ryan Sit, was just a guy working on a fun project -- so, he's now pulled down the project. So, congrats, EMI for killing an innovative service. Great way to show how you're "different" and how much you "get" Silicon Valley. If I were Doug Merrill or Corey Ondrejka -- EMI's two big digital gurus -- I'd be ashamed to be employed by such a company. You're helping to stomp out innovation rather than enable it.
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