Monday, 11 April 2011

Business: In The Pay Of

It seems that Daily Mail has taken the film & music industries' shilling (via Slashdot)...

I can but wonder how much did it actually cost to hire the pen of Alex Brummer of Daily Mail. probably not much seeing as how cheap the rag for which he hacks is. Which, sadly, does not help prevent a large audience of chiefly under-educated Brits to feast on it on a daily basis. Saving grace probably being that not many shakers and movers follow this particular red-top, it is still worrying that aforementioned music and film industries still cannot wake up and smell the coffee, and thus woken up realise that Internet (or Google, or Napster, or BitTorrent, or...)  are not destroying any value per se, but are rather moving the goalposts and requiring businesses to change the way in which they realise their revenues. And while music and film industries may not survive this change of the rules of the game, it does not mean that music and film will disappear - or stop being a way for some to make a living (those some hopefully being authors themselves). So, instead of bemoaning a "license to steal" why don't you work on just a new end user license model that will feed all involved?

But then, that would be actual work and not stealing artists' futures...