Extra Fox – A blog by Christopher Taylor

Examples of fear tactics used by media industry

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on June 22, 2006

The media industry as exemplified by the RIAA is afraid of new media and continues to bully and foster fear amount the press and the public. However, this isn’t something new. History tends to repeat itself and the worst predictions have invariably been shown to be wrong.

“I forsee a marked deterioration in American music…and a host of other injuries to music in its artistic manifestations, by virtue—or rather by vice—of the multiplication of the various music-reproducing machines…” -John Philip Sousa on the Player Piano (1906)

“The public will not buy songs that it can hear almost at will by a brief manipulation of the radio dials.” -Record Label Executive on FM Radio (1925)

“But now we are faced with a new and very troubling assault on our fiscal security, on our very economic life and we are facing it from a thing called the videocassette recorder.” -MPAA on the VCR (1982)

“When the manufacturers hand the public a license to record at home…not only will the songwriter tie a noose around his neck, not only will there be no more records to tape [but] the innocent public will be made an accessory to the destruction of four industries.” -ASCAP on the Cassette Tape (1982) [ArsTechnica]

Of course, in my work I am forced to work within the contraints imposed by the RIAA and others. It’s job security for me, but usually results in losses for the consumer…

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