Music Collection Org: Revenues Are Booming... And That's Proof Why We Need Even More Draconian Copyright Laws

from the say-what-now? dept

As we showed earlier this year in our latest Sky Is Rising report, revenue in the entertainment industry continues to shoot upwards -- and not because of draconian new anti-piracy laws, but almost entirely because of successful innovations from internet companies that have opened up massive new markets for content creators. You'd think that maybe this would make some copyright system supporters think twice about continuing to push for expansionary copyright policies that are likely to hamstring the very internet services that have provided them this windfall, but that would be expecting self-reflection from an industry famous for blaming everyone else for everything that has ever gone wrong.

Case in point, CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (a sort of mega group of most of the various performance rights collections societies around the globe) recently released its annual report on revenue, showing that things were looking up, up, up for songwriters and composers in getting paid. This report fits well with the annual IFPI report, which covers similar data for recording artists (generally speaking, IFPI covers revenue for recorded music, while CISAC covers revenue stemming from performance rights and songwriting royalties). In all cases, these show pretty massive increases, nearly all of it stemming from growth in internet services:

Royalties from digital sources jumped 29% to €1.64 billion, thanks to rapid global expansion of music and subscription video on-demand (SVOD) services. In the last 5 years, creators’ digital income has nearly tripled, now accounting for 17% of collections compared to 7.5% in 2014.

The increase in major markets’ digital collections - notably the United States, France and Japan - are the biggest drivers of global growth. This growth is helped by new and extended licensing deals between societies and digital platforms, from dedicated content services like Spotify to social media platforms such as Facebook and video on demand platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.

That all sounds pretty great, right? Except... that CISAC execs then made the rounds using this report to... call for more draconian copyright laws that would hamstring the internet and limit future growth.

I only wish I was kidding. CISAC's own press release states:

Jean-Michel Jarre, CISAC President, said: “Digital is our future and revenues to creators are rising fast, but there is a dark side to digital, and it is caused by a fundamental flaw in the legal environment that continues to devalue creators and their works. That is why the European Copyright Directive is so momentous for creators everywhere. The Directive has sent an amazing, positive signal around the world, building a fairer balance between creators and the tech platforms”.

Meanwhile, CISAC's Director General Gadi Oron told press outlets like Music Ally that the report only reinforces why the EU Copyright Directive is so important:

On the first of those, the report includes a section on the European Copyright Directive, which was adopted in April and is now being implemented by the EU’s member states.

“It’s very encouraging to see that the digital income is going up at such a pace, including those territories like Mexico, Sweden and South Korea where digital is now the biggest source of income,” said Oron. “I think that will spread to other markets, and digital will gradually become more important. That’s why it’s so important for us to get the legislation in place to make the most of that.

But the whole point of the EU Copyright Directive is to make it that much more difficult for services to make use of digital music in any form without negotiating impossible licenses, that are designed to strip the platforms from any ability to innovate or offer unique new services. In other words, as is nearly always the case, these laws are designed to strangle the golden goose. For years we've pointed out that every single time the tech industry comes up with a new service that helps make musicians more money, the industry comes along and whines about how it's not getting 100% of the value creation, and then pushes for laws to demand as such, even as it kills these new services.

It's almost pathological. The industry seems simply unwilling to recognize that getting a slice of a larger pie is a better deal. It wants the entire damn pie, even if it means torching the pie to a crisp and making it inedible. The industry is thriving. And yet it keeps pushing for new laws that it insists it needs because the industry is at risk of being destroyed -- and it doesn't care if this effort actually destroys the industry that is helping them. It's insane that politicians keep rubber stamping these moves.

Filed Under: copyright, eu, eu copyright directive, licensing, music, revenue
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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:10pm

    Stronger copyright law will help, not harm, revenue. The only way to convince an audience of freeloaders to do the right thing is to not give them any other choice.

    "They made me steal it" is not justification for piracy. Those who profit from this theft are criminals and their money is poison to those who earn their own money honestly.

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:23pm

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      Stronger copyright law will help, not harm, revenue.

      Yes, but whose revenue, the creators revenue, or the collection societies revenue?

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:25pm

      Stronger copyright law will help, not harm, revenue.

      [citation needed]

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:27pm

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      That's a tall glass of stupid juice you're drinking.

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:28pm

      Re: WHOA

      “Earn their money honestly”

      Dear god I just saw every democratic government this country has ever obliterated in that comment!

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:31pm

      Re: boom

      “They made me steal it is not a justification for piracy”

      Payola is a different story though
      -the RIAA

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        Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 3:18am

        Re: Re: boom

        Crime is crime.

        Masnick's not even a journalist, just a whiny college-freshman level boy behind whom wealthy losers like to hide.

        Real men don't need home field to win a debate.

        Real men don't allow others to harass them on their behalf.

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          Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 3:53am

          Re: Re: Re: boom

          Real men don't allow others to harass them on their behalf.

          Okay, Mr. Transparent.

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 19 Nov 2019 @ 4:12am

          Real men don't need home field to win a debate.

          They need either facts or a blunt object, neither of which you seem to have at the moment, son.

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          Dave P., 19 Nov 2019 @ 10:40am

          Re: Re: Re: boom

          Hmm.......When someone of obviously limited intelligence is wrong and losing an argument, they quite often resort to obscenities and/or crass insults. Wonder who that might be? (Clue.....two people in mind, one of which is Donald Trump. The other is not a million miles from these comments - and today's colour, children, is BLUE - B.L.U.E. - also spelt P.I.G. I.G.N.O.R.A.N.T.)

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            🧐, 19 Nov 2019 @ 11:59am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: boom

            Obscenities are fun. My cousins first word was crap and belittling people who deserve to be belittled is worthwhile.

            Don't be a 💯🔥💩 you ❄️

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          Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 10:52am

          Re: Re: Re: boom

          That level of projecrion though. 🥰

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:38pm

      Re:

      Pirates don't care how strong copyright law is... because they're pirates.

      Meanwhile, strengthening copyright law by creating things like DRM just causes harm to the legitimate paying user.

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      Chris Brand, 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:39pm

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      "The only way to convince an audience of freeloaders to do the right thing is to not give them any other choice"

      This has been proven to be false. Fro example from way back in 2015 https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/10/spotify-reduces-piracy-but-also-cuts-into-digital-track- sales/

      The best way to convince an audience to pay for music is to make doing so just as easy as to pirate it.

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:43pm

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      Bro that excuse is so old and busted that it’s in the public domain under current copyright laws.

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:52pm

      Re:

      I agree that those who are getting their money dishonestly are to blame.

      CISAC and similar organizations need to be put on US sanctions list and have their assets stripped along with every other US enemy that has the stated goal of eliminating free speech protections at home for the United States.

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      Rocky, 18 Nov 2019 @ 1:13pm

      Re:

      Stronger copyright law will help, not harm, revenue. The only way to convince an audience to pay more is to not give them any other choice.

      FTFY.

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 5:01pm

      Re:

      How's that Paul Hansmeier defense fund coming along, bro? Got a new mailing list?

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      PaulT (profile), 19 Nov 2019 @ 1:34am

      Re:

      "The only way to convince an audience of freeloaders to do the right thing is to not give them any other choice."

      What's sad is that you're apparently still believing this, despite a full decade of this claim being proven wrong.

      You also forget that the paying customers that you so often falsely attack as pirates always have a choice. If they've decided that the crap you shovel is worth exactly $0 to them, they'll find something else to do rather than pay more than that. Why you insist on destroying the way paying customers use your products in order to try and get people who will never pay is a constant mystery.

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 12:50pm

    I think we are the limit of copyright law ,any more laws will just stop
    innovation or new service,s rising to rescue the music industry from
    its obsession with forcing in new laws that reduce fair use ,reduce free speech,
    the music industry has a share in the streaming service,s
    also they can increase fees anytime they want.
    The new eu laws are being pushed by stupid politicians who dont i=understand the internet and big corporations ,
    they want to force google, youtube to license everything
    AT a price ,
    music industry vs riaa ,
    who is the most stupid or engaged in more lobbying to bring in stupid
    laws even if they reduce the ability fro new services to exist
    which can provide revenue for them.?

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 1:13pm

    "People still have money that we're not getting." - Jean-Michel Jarre, CISAC President

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    bobob, 18 Nov 2019 @ 1:16pm

    It won't make content companies think twice (or even once) about copyright policies because those companies are not interested in lots of new creators with a lot of variety from which potential buyers may choose.

    Those companies are interested in a small number of creators with whom they can establish a brand and provide a limited amount of content over which they have absolute control - contemporary content creators akin to a"Tom Cruise" brand, where one person may make a lot of money, but is bankable due to a lack of too many choices. If an argument by those who should know better seems illogical, it most likely makes sense if you follow the money.

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 1:35pm

    It's slways been more about control and fear, using 'money being lost' as the means to stir up politicians and by giving underhand payments, get yhem to do the entertsinment industries bidding. Remember, there's no such thing as an honest politician, just a few who are a bit less corrupt! Anything that can be done to ensure the public remain enslaved and vulnerable will be done, just as anything that keep the few controlling the many will also be done!

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 2:33pm

    Mike Masnick goes around shilling for the world's biggest corporate turd, Google, but gets mad if artists might somehow eek out something better than a poverty-level existence. Uh-huh.

    It is difficult to think of a more worthless person.

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      Samuel Abram (profile), 18 Nov 2019 @ 2:54pm

      Re:

      Ok out-of-the-blue

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 3:05pm

      Re:

      Na, it's easy, you are a more worthless person, that has created absolutely nothing of worth, ever.
      Otherwise you would be elsewhere on your own site polishing your shining achievements until you're worn out.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 18 Nov 2019 @ 3:11pm

      Re:

      Can you support literally any of what you said above? Of course not.

      Mike Masnick goes around shilling for the world's biggest corporate turd, Google

      I regularly criticize Google and have spent much of the last year highlighting ways to create a setup to takedown Google, but do go on...

      gets mad if artists might somehow eek out something better than a poverty-level existence

      Much of the existence of this blog has been about focusing on ways to help artists make more money, but do, go on...

      It is difficult to think of a more worthless person.

      Yeah, I mean, if I actually was the strawman in your head, you might have a point. But since I don't... perhaps you should start be examining what the fuck makes you lie about someone online?

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        Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 3:18pm

        Re: Re:

        "I regularly criticize Google and have spent much of the last year highlighting ways to create a setup to takedown Google..."

        Why do you hate google?
        /s

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        Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 2:48am

        Re: Re:

        Actually you focus on ways of minimizing copyright protection, while claiming this will help artists get paid when it doesn't. On the other hand, YouTubers are kind of immune to piracy since Google takes 68 percent of the earnings. The best way to protect a book is actually to film it with a recording software and toss it up as a video. This makes it free to the public and ensures ad revenue. Major films are free on YouTube only long after their release or if they bomb, and the price reflects the demand.

        Artists will seek out whomever pays the most, whether it's a publisher or a wealthy patron (who has to step in to support them but who also keeps the work under lock and key). I think copyright works fine, and that the internet can handle stopping piracy. You obviously do not. There are ways for either system to work, but who gets rich will be different, and it won't be who is intended to get rich a lot of the time.

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          Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 3:54am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Is this the part where you ask if defaming the president is enough for IP addresses alone to qualify as identification?

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          Stephen T. Stone (profile), 19 Nov 2019 @ 4:19am

          you focus on ways of minimizing copyright protection, while claiming this will help artists get paid when it doesn't

          [citation needed]

          copyright works fine

          An artist who dies today will not have their work enter the public domain until well after everyone who experienced that art when the artist first released it has died, but sure, copyright is working just fine~.

          the internet can handle stopping piracy

          What could you ever suggest doing that would stop piracy when some of the most powerful multimedia corporations in the United States couldn’t get the job done by spending millions of dollars on lawsuits, educational efforts, and paid-off politicians?

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          Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 19 Nov 2019 @ 7:25am

          Re: Re: Re:

          "I think copyright works fine, and that the internet can handle stopping piracy. You obviously do not. "

          And in this absolutely every network expert agrees with Masnick rather than you.

          The internet can not handle "stopping" piracy. You can't even mitigate or hinder it. And part of the answer as to why is because you can't even tell it's piracy unless you completely prevent any form of private communication online.

          Given that you're reading straight from the MPAA/Sony spin sheet every time you try to marginalize Masnick I can't help but wonder whether you are such a gormless moron that you've bought the copyright cult's wild claims hook, line and sinker without a single reflection...or whether you have a vested interest in continually spouting the same debunked propaganda over and over and over again.

          So which is it, Baghdad Bob? Are you an idiot or a tool?

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            PaulT (profile), 19 Nov 2019 @ 8:33am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            "The internet can not handle "stopping" piracy"

            Nor, it should be noted, could any prior method of distribution before the internet.

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              Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 20 Nov 2019 @ 1:58am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              "Nor, it should be noted, could any prior method of distribution before the internet."

              True enough. "piracy" is the act of copying and passing on information - something which no government in history has managed to stop no matter how much of its budget it spent on internal police.

              What Baghdad bob and his copyright cult peers keep asking for is a world where no one can communicate with another without authority listening in and approving the message.

              They know this full well and the fact that they still keep insisting on it tells us all we need to know about how malicious copyright truly is. China comes off as a liberal oasis of freedom in comparison to what the copyright cult wants.

              Of course it'd be bad if people realized this which is why Baghdad Bob and his colleagues keep breaking out the newspeak in a way which even Orwell would have considered unrealistic.

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            Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 5:53pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            Are you an idiot or a tool?

            Every time this question has to be asked, John Smith scrambles like a frightened spider to prove that he's both.

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          Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 10:55am

          Re: Re: Re:

          That there is almost a coherent argument bro. Bravo sir. Next step stating an opinion and backing it up with facts not opinions.

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 3:14pm

      Re:

      It is difficult to think of a more worthless person.

      You. Nope, that was easy.

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 3:16pm

      Re:

      Serious question bro. Were you crying actual tears when you wrote that?

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      Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2019 @ 5:01pm

      Re:

      How's that Richard Liebowitz defense fund coming along bro?

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      Anonymous Coward, 25 Nov 2019 @ 4:49am

      Re:

      It's difficult for me to think of a more worthless person than you.

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    That One Guy (profile), 18 Nov 2019 @ 8:22pm

    Meanwhile, in the REAL world...

    That is why the European Copyright Directive is so momentous for creators everywhere. The Directive has sent an amazing, positive signal around the world, building a fairer balance between creators and the tech platforms”.

    Yeah, you keep telling yourself that, and maybe in some magical land of utter insanity it might eventually, possibly, maybe be true at some point. In this reality though it was a greed and control driven attempt to both grab money you don't deserve, kill off avenues for potential new creators, and will reduce the income of those that are already there as they find out just how much their stuff is actually worth.

    While we're on the subject of those poor creators and how they're being taken advantage though, maybe check your own house to see how you are treating them, followed by the labels and how they are treating their artists, because I'm pretty sure either of those deals would make the ones offered by 'tech platforms' look very generous in comparison.

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    Bloof (profile), 18 Nov 2019 @ 10:33pm

    Look at it from their perspective, a mountain of money is not all the money so they simply have to find new ways to keep wringing blood from a stone, even if they end up pulverising it in the process.

    I for one am glad to live in a world where Warner brothers can make untold millions from buying the rights to Happy Birthday without creating a thing, where content is gated off in particular regions and often blocked in it's country of origin, where GEMA can black out music services in Germany for years on end, and I'm thrilled to live in a world where performance rights societies can send legal threats to stop people singing while they work because they've already taken away the right to listen to the radio within earshot of customers. (Seriously, that happened http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/8317952.stm ) If publishers don't control music and try to control and keep people from hearing it in the most miserly ways imaginable, they may reach wider audiences and be purchased and enjoyed, which is madness. It's for the good of music to keep shoving stones in juicers in the hope of finding more blood and pushing for laws that make everything just that little bit worse for the audience, as we all know the easiest way to really make something become vibrant and full of life is to deprive it of Oxygene, right Jean Michelle?

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 3:45am

    How do independent content creators make money?

    Subscriptions on twitch or patreon.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 19 Nov 2019 @ 4:20am

      Yes, and?

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        That One Guy (profile), 19 Nov 2019 @ 4:57am

        Re:

        Kickstarter, Smashwords, Bandcamp, commissions, self-publishing platforms where the creator doesn't have to sign over the rights to theirs stuff... I'm sure the list could go on and on, but those were the ones that came to mind with a little thinking.

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          Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 8:24am

          Re: Re:

          It's odd that Twitch and Patreon are supposed to be some kind of damning point with these assholes, isn't it?

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            Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 8:48am

            Re: Re: Re:

            Well "they" aren't giving the middlemen any money, only the actual artists who earned the reward by producing the good.

            I mean how dare someone else support the artists the **AA's are trying to sign to life draining contracts that enslave them to the label for the rest of their (and their children's children's) lives???

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              Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 9:16am

              Re: Re: Re: Re:

              **AA's are trying to sign to life draining contracts that enslave them to the label for the rest of their (and their children's children's) lives???

              Or stealing from them by using the slightest hint of infringement to claim all the money made by videos.

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              Samuel Abram (profile), 19 Nov 2019 @ 11:34am

              Re: "Middlemen"

              It's odd that Twitch and Patreon are supposed to be some kind of damning point with these assholes, isn't it?

              Well "they" aren't giving the middlemen any money, only the actual artists who earned the reward by producing the good.

              I would argue that Twitch and Patreon (and Bandcamp, for that matter) are Middlemen, but unlike Record Labels, they're enablers and not gatekeepers. That is, they play an in-between role, but they let the artists do the work themselves, and not meddle (or at least not meddle too much) in their creativity, and most importantly, only take a fee as a service instead of all of the profits and ownership of their copyrights.

              Mike Masnick said as much here.

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Nov 2019 @ 11:02am

    "...getting a slice of a larger pie is a better deal. It wants the entire damn pie..."

    "It's insane that politicians keep rubber stamping these moves."


    The government and the music industry, working together for profit.
    The term "Thick as thieves" comes immediately to mind.

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