The Stalinist musico-industrial complex
Some very tasty red-baiting in this Observer column comparing the music-industry’s attempt to mandate copy-prevention and the Stalinist regime’s tight control on photocopiers.
There is, however, one sobering statistic which may eventually cause even Congress to balk at the studios’ arrogance. US domestic spending on computing technology is running at $600 billion a year, while Hollywood generates a measly $35bn.
To concede the demand for copy protection would be tantamount to compelling a huge, dynamic industry to march to the soporific beat of a technophobic industry desperate to preserve its obsolete business models.