MP3tunes lawsuit update: Robertson’s view

by Mathew on November 14, 2007 · 2 comments

For anyone who’s interested, Michael Robertson — whose mp3tunes.com service is being sued by EMI for what the record label claims is copyright infringement — has posted a lengthy overview of the issues (as he sees them) on his website. There are links to the statement of claim from EMI as well as Robertson’s countersuit against the record company. I wrote about the latest battle (the founder of Linspire has been down this road many times before) a few days ago when the EMI suit was launched.

EMI’s suit is kind of ironic, given the comments that Edgar Bronfman of Warner Music just finished making about how the industry has wasted too much time suing people over the past few years. And if you’re nostalgic for those years, or just can’t get enough of the Metallica “sue them until they drop dead” approach, check out this comment from KISS front-man, reality-show star and all-around loudmouthed moron Gene Simmons in a recent Billboard interview:

“Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid’s face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning. Those kids are putting 100,000 to a million people out of work.”

 

  • http://www.music2dot0.com maths

    I just added a few more quotes below from Gene Simmons interview for context- basically, he meant that the record industry messed up in the first place, though I disagree that suing everyone off the face of the earth was the solution.
    But now that the deed is done, the next best solution might have already been suggested by Simmons when he stated that up to a million might be put out of work – yeah, maybe all these dinosaurs might need to make way for fresh minds and thinking to better utilize the opportunities presented by the digital world. We’ve already lost 7 years with little progress. Mp3.com was sued in 2000 and now, mp3tunes.com with an updated model faces the same fate.

    Gene Simmons:
    “The record industry is in such a mess…
    There is nothing in me that wants to go in there and do new music. How are you going to deliver it? How are you going to get paid for it if people can just get it for free?…..
    The record industry doesn’t have a f*cking clue how to make money. It’s only their fault for letting foxes get into the henhouse and then wondering why there’s no eggs or chickens. Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid’s face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning. Those kids are putting 100,000 to a million people out of work.”

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