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Music Industry Squabbles, Part XL May 17, 2006

Posted by David Card in Media.

It’s time to renew some music licenses, so the lawsuits, er, that is, public negotiations, are well underway. Can’t we just all get along? (Remember that, from Plug.IN of say, 5-7 years ago?)

    “The music labels are trying to stifle innovation, limit consumer choice and roll back consumers’ rights to record content for their personal use,” XM said in a statement. “This is a negotiating tactic on the part of the industry to gain an advantage in our private business discussions.” The company said it would fight the suit.

I’m puzzled as to why TV and filmed entertainment seems to be a bit more rational. It’s certainly just as complex. But then, perhaps my memory has faded a bit. Betamax and video rental disputes were brutal in their day.

Meanwhile, Apple love slave Walt Mossberg thinks XM’s device doesn’t work anyway, and is mightily puzzled by the fact Napster has more than one pricing scheme. The price of innovation, I guess.

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