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of course, you can't really deep-link to the washington post story anyway because it's behind a paywall. and you can't really find the original quote because that means it's not in google's search engine. but, i guess all that's a different post altogether.
but, aside from the whole common sense "make sure the musician agrees with you politically before you play their songs on tv without their permission" gaffe, shouldn't we be holding politicians to a higher standard than "joe sixpack?"
isn't that kinda the point of electing quality leaders?
personally, i'm of the opinion that if you don't want to make a sequel, then don't. if you don't want to "lose" money on films, stop making films. lots of businesses lose money. success is hard and certainly not guaranteed or "owed" to you.
no offense, but stop whining and just go away.
i mean, here're the benefits!:
1) for every whiner that just shuts up, there are 3 innovative folks who take his (or her) place -- so we still keep getting more content produced. (insert one of mike's "the industry is growing" studies here...)
2) this gives whiners a chance to find a different job where piracy simply isn't a factor so they can be happy again.
3) and, most of all, we don't have to listen to them whine anymore!
it's certainly one of the reasons i refuse -- absolutely refuse -- to buy riaa-backed music.
i say this vehemently: to hell the riaa.
sure, i pay more for a cd because of it. but i would rather hand a $20 bill to the guy (for his burned cd no less) who just played a small concert of his own inspired-by-gershwin music. of which, i promptly took home and ripped all the tracks to mp3.
i'd rather give money to musicians than a useless suit.
"It is the reason Techdirt is so funny to read, so many people flailing about yelling "free this" and "free that" and nobody thinking past the ends of their noses as to how it would really work in the long run."
heh. funny. i'm pretty sure that music and musicians have existed for millennia without the riaa. that strikes me as a substantially longer "long run" than the ~55 years the riaa has been 'round.
the best part? the riaa will eventually go away whether you think techdirt is funny or not.
"better lucky than good" is really a fact of life. and that's basically how i sum up cuban's success. i'm sure he's a just-fine business man because it does indeed take skill to capitalize on right-place-right-time opportunities, but just because he's rich, doesn't make him a "thought leader."
he's not really the type of person i'd take advice from.
however, take marc andreessen as the counter example. compare his wikipedia page with mark cuban's. who do you think is good and who do you think is just lucky?