The 10 myths about ACTA and the Luddite music industry
I’ve been commenting recently on the apparent information blackout about ACTA – so I was grateful to my friend, internet veteran Nigel Hawthorn, for pointing me towards an EU publication: 10 myths about ACTA. It’s a document that claims everybody is wrong about ACTA, and like the proverbial teenage son, it is just misunderstood.
I’ve reported on the document on Infosecurity Mag: EU publishes 10 Myths about ACTA.
Nigel largely sees ACTA as driven by the rightsholders. The music industry, he points out, has a history of trying to block new technology “ever since the invention of the record player, which was a threat to their printed sheet music.” Although he didn’t say it himself, the image is of a money-grubbing, self-absorbed Luddite industry with its head in the sand (some might say elsewhere).
Nigel gave me an example. “I own PLease PLease Me by the Beatles as follows: as a red label 7inch, a black label 7inch, an LP mono, on CD, on a USB stick (Beatles Complete Works), and a German language version. So that’s six times that EMI have had my money for essentially the same product – and I’m not sure any other industry would get away with that. If only they spent less money on lobbying and lawyers, they might work out how to make money from new technologies a lot quicker (and not alienate their customers in the process).”