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November 18, 2007
An Industry of Excess
If you have a few minutes to spare, you could do a lot worse than to read Demonbaby's "When Pigs Fly..." rant. It's a history of the digital music part of the Copyright Wars, written from the point of view of someone who began as an industry insider (CD designer) and ended up mad as hell at the Cartel that crushed Oink.
There's nothing terribly new or revolutionary in the essay, but it does span the period nicely, in ranterrific fashion.
From personal experience I can tell you that the big labels are beyond clueless in the digital world - their ideas are out-dated, their methods make no sense, and every decision is hampered by miles and miles of legal tape, copyright restrictions, and corporate interests.
Yep, pretty much what I've been saying for (dear lord is it really) eight years now.
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