The In the past the record He had very little The industry in the The music boss had even Kennedy was confident He still emphasized that
of the Universal Music Group John Kennedy says he can’t wait to start suing
British music file sharers. John Kennedy will be succeeding Jay Berman as
head of the lobby group IPFI (The international version of the RIAA) and
defended both the lawsuits and file poisoning at the In the city music
conference held in Manchester last week.
industry tried to lobby governments to do something about file sharing just to
be told that they will have to deal with the problem through civil legislation.
Lawsuits gave the music industry a weapon in which to stop file sharing that
worked. Kennedy continued talking about the theft of music during his speech and
vowed to extend the 50 year European copyright law to bring it into line with
the rest of the world.
sympathy when it came to suing people such as the 12 year old girl who
lived in a
theme of her TV show and ended being sued by the RIAA. The girl’s family
ended up paying out thousands of dollars to get the RIAA off their back, John
Kennedy’s response was that the girl was a major file sharer. He said that
Suing file sharers in the
was now getting support from governments. Kennedy then went on to
talk about if a student was caught drink driving then they would face jail,
music downloader’s should face penalties too.
students so they will get music at university for free but when the students
graduate they loose any music they have acquired.
less sympathy for song writers who only receive small fractions that record
owners receive, he believed this was fair as big hits are down to marketing and
investment. He said he would be more sympathetic to song writers when the
day comes that the music company’s makes 50% margins on a song. He also
claimed that music companies spend more on R&D than technology companies
because it’s their advertising and sales techniques that put a song at number
about online music stores even though it’s early days yet though the press and
media had been very favourable and none had gone bust yet. He
said that in the past the record labels had got greedy and had become
the wholesaler and retailer even though the music brand name meant nothing to
the consumer. He was asked why was it that a technology computer such as
Apple who brought in the legal digital music age, he replied with it was down to
the Apple iPod a record company couldn’t do that. Referring to online
music stories he said for 79 pence your getting good quality and value that’s
like a Picasso that’s as close to the original as
record companies were needed as no unsigned band has been broken by the
internet. Many bands are screaming for space on the net and a record
label is required.
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Universal Music Group UK John Kennedy can’t wait to start suing British music sharers. John who? Although
he’s well known in the British music business, Kennedy will have a bigger
pulpit fairly soon. The combative former shipping lawyer will succeed Jay
Berman as head of the lobby group the IPFI – the international version of
the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) – and he defended both the
the lawsuits and file poisoning at the In The City music conference in
Manchester this week.
In the past the record industry had lobbied
But he had even less sympathy for songwriters, who
He’d be more sympathetic to songwriters, he said, the
Kennedy said that the practice of sueing file sharers
Kennedy was bullish about the new music download
Asked by The Observer’s Faisal Ahmed why it took a technology
But record companies were still needed, he said,
Full story over at The Register. Well looks like british file sharers will
soon face the rath of a music extremist and if he has his way Europe will be
come more like America when it comes to copyright laws.
Source: The Register