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A world without the big music labels

A reader writes that people on the technological end of society tend to lose perspective on issues involving copyrighted material.


A world without the big music labels

In response to the Nov. 20 column by Marc Canter, "What constitutes fair use?":

I am in the music industry, I write music for broadcast, and I produce bands at a large recording studio in Baltimore.

This is an interesting time for record labels: Sales are way down, music is changing, and the Internet is forcing the major labels to change the way they do business. It's unfortunate that the labels' main source of revenue is based on intangible items--copyrighted material--but that's the way it is.

I think people on the technological end of society tend to lose perspective on these issues. While I love making copies of my music wherever I want to put it, putting the copies on the Internet--no matter how you cut it--makes me an unlicensed distributor. And that's wrong. It hurts an industry that sells the intangibles.

All this talk of "new revenue models" and "open source" points to one undeniable truth: It's utter B.S. We need only look at the Internet industry in its current state to see that free equals death. It makes me think that the tech industry really doesn't get capitalism; otherwise, they wouldn't be as screwed as they are.

Record companies, love 'em or hate 'em, understand the rules of the game. And this I can guarantee: A world without major labels will suck. What you are left with are places like that showcase music that sounds like every demo that A&R put in the trash bin.

Josh Mobley