We recently wrote about a bunch of super successful UK musicians complaining that the UK government needed to force
ISPs and startups to make their old business model viable again. We, quite naturally, thought that was a pretty crazy suggestion. In reaction to this post on Twitter, reader botaday rephrased Tim's closing line in a way that so perfectly summed up a key sentiment
that many of us had for years in dealing with the copyright fight, that it was worth repeating here:
If the government needs to "step in" to help your business model, maybe you shouldn't be in business.
Just keep repeating this. Because it's the crux of so many of the fights that we keep seeing all the time. It's the history of protectionism and mercantilism. It's the basis of regulatory capture and anti-competitive
laws. And it's always couched in phrases to try to hide the fact that it's about having the government prop up a business model, by trying to make it a "moral" issue. But it's not a moral issue
when your business model fails. So, every time you see one of these fights going on, repeat that line: If the government needs to "step in" to help your business model, maybe you shouldn't be in business."