Thursday, November 15, 2007

Edgar Bronfman's "Epiphany" en route to Digital Damascus

While on the road to the Digital Damascus, Edgar now sayeth:

"We used to fool ourselves,' he said. "We used to think our content was perfect just exactly as it was. We expected our business would remain blissfully unaffected even as the world of interactivity, constant connection and file sharing was exploding. And of course we were wrong. How were we wrong? By standing still or moving at a glacial pace, we inadvertently went to war with consumers by denying them what they wanted and could otherwise find and as a result of course, consumers won."

(emphasis added)

Considering all the litigation, lobbying, legislation and treaties that we have seen in the past two decades, "inadvertently" is a strange choice of wording. But let's take our apologies and conversions where we can get them.

Now, if Edgar really believes this, his next step should be quite simple. He should immediately pull Warner out of all of the RIAA litigation against customers and music fans in the USA and elsewhere. Suing 12 year children and dead grandmothers hasn't worked.

Then, he can move on and perhaps be a real leader in a revitalized music industry, if such a miracle is still possible.

HK

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