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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Music Industry is in its Death Throes

Yesterday I read about the Section 115 Reform Act of 2006 (SIRA) that has just been introduced in Congress. No surprise that this bill has about the most vague and unassuming name I have ever heard of. So what is the gist of this bill:
SIRA fundamentally redefines copyright and fair use in the digital world. It would require all incidental copies of music to be licensed separately from the originating copy. Even copies of songs that are cached in your computer's memory or buffered over a network would need yet another license.
Can the music industry really be this dumb? First they started suing grandmas for "trafficing" in pirated music. Now this bit of nonsense.

Maybe this will be the last gasp of a hidebound industry that is still living in the past of 8-tracks and vinyl. While I do believe that downloading free music off of the Internet is stealing, any industry that fails to listen to its consumers deserves to die a slow painful death.

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