Tuesday, June 7, 2011

iCloud and Piracy: Initial reaction from around the world.

What others are saying:

My Digital Life:  "iCloud probably will become the biggest pirated music hosting service."  

British rights lawyer Michael Speck, who ran the music industry's court case against file-sharing network Kazaa: "no better than the old p2p pirates" and
"If you can store all your pirate content you won't need to buy content will you?"

MSN Money:   "Apple's new music laundering service".

Australia-based lawyer for the Jimi Hendrix estate, Ken Philp said iTunes Match provided a means for people to "launder" pirated music.

Syfy: "pirate friendly".

David Pakman, a venture capitalist and former eMusic chief executive, speculating that the money will only come in at around $75 to $150 million for labels to split,  "Not small potatoes – they'll take it," he says, "but it doesn't change their business in a fundamental way."   [Ed. Note: The DCE does change their business, in a fundamental way.]

Sydney Morning Herald, "Apple iCloud 'legitimises' music pirates."

Nick O'Byrne, general manager of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association, "Why buy at 'full price' when you can pirate as many songs as you like and absolve yourself of guilt by paying $25 a year?"

[Ed:  Once again, the American entertainment industry (lawyers, managers, business managers, trade groups, publishers, "independent" labels, record stores, distributors) is to be found where they'll always be found: hiding in the tall grass.  (-: ]

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