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Sunday, November 19, 2006

UMG: the Village Idiot of the Digital World

First they claimed my iPod was full of stolen music. Now they're suing Myspace over infringement. Specifically, UMG appears to be in a snit after discovering the shocking fact that kids are posting videos on Myspace! Videos of UMG artists no less. Shock, horror, anguish, and complete surprise, I know.

Yes, it would be a horrible, horrible shame for Joe Emo to promote his favorite band. What if some other kid were to see that video and decide to buy the album? Dammit people! Quit buying music! Don't you get it? UMG is obviously trying a little reverse psychology. You see, they want you to steal. It's like Abbie Hoffman in the 21st century.

Yes, by telling the kids "you suck because you steal, so don't steal" UMG big-brains know that kids, being rebellious kids, will do the exact opposite. They'll steal more! Brilliant! Next, they try to crack down on the horrible, nasty free promotions their artists are getting on Myspace (bastards!). So what's going to happen? Those sneaky brats will simply post MORE ill-gotten vids, thus increasing the rate of stealing.

If none of this makes sense, I've done my job.

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