Hilary Reaches Out. Again.
A couple of months back RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) ceo
and president Hilary Rosen graced the Xstream Conference where she
generously shared her views on Xstream, life and, well, everything. You know
how it goes. And her media sparrows followed up with an instant-brief
entitled, "Rosen reaches out to broadcasters and listeners at Xstream
Good ole Hil was at O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services conference, where
on November 7, she again shared her wisdom. A puff-release entitled "Rosen
Reaches Out to Technology Community at Peer-to-Peer and Web Services
Conference," said she (and I quote), "reached out to web developers,
programmers and business people asking them to work with the recording
industry to develop legitimate peer-to-peer business models to get music
I'm told there wasn't a dry eye in sight.
The release went on, "The question isn't whether peer-to-peer or any other
particular technology is good or bad. The question is whether they're going
to be used - whether they'll respect what artists create just like we in the
recording business respect what the business sponsors and software
developers in this audience create.
"Looking to the future of online music, Rosen acknowledged the gradual
process it takes to legally move music online and highlighted the difficult
task facing record companies to create a legitimate business model from
scratch. 'A lot of progress is being made and more will be done,' she said.
"Rosen also called on the peer-to-peer community to address the problems
facing the illegitimate facets of its industry and work to fix them. In turn
the door for an open market in which everyone competes with mutual respect
on the value of his or hers creations can be born.
"Her address implored the peer-to-peer community to join the recording
industry in its move online. 'Will peer-to-peer be a part of that process?
Will you join us in a legitimate market? Will you protect the incentive to
create? Will you provide the same respect for artists' creations that you
deserve for your own?' challenged Rosen."
Only the Shadow Knows ...
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