Music Industry

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
copyright, indie labels, lawsuits

Companies:
limewire



Indie Records Sue Limewire; Feeling Left Out From RIAA Settlement

from the mo-money dept

Back in May, the big record labels settled with Limewire for $105 million. We questioned how much of that money would make it to artists... but there's a separate question too: what about the indie labels who weren't a part of the lawsuit. Apparently, the labels had asked indie labels to stay out of the lawsuit, and Limewire made a promise that it would offer similar settlement terms to those indies. Apparently, that hasn't happened.. and so the indies are suing Limewire as well. I'd be surprised if this didn't settle relatively quickly.

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    cofiem (profile), 18 Jul 2011 @ 4:32am

    Tribute to Dark Helmet

    So no matter what industry you might be in
    The solution when you cannot compete
    Is to sue or threaten or try to win
    However you can; thinking takes a seat.

    If competitors are showing you up
    and you are too lazy to innovate,
    stick your head in the sand, no way, nup,
    it's illegal, it's not fair, don't tell us we're too late.

    If piracy is killing you
    just start treating fans like crooks,
    It's what the lawyers say you must do!
    Spend money on lawsuits, hang them on hooks!

    Don't mind that there are ways to embrace
    this funny digital infinite supply
    ignore or dismiss case after case
    and stoop to FUD, lobbying and the occasional lie.

    Digital is not analog or physical
    What it allows cannot be constrained
    So much content - important and whimsical
    The trick is to innovate and see what can be gained.

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