Here’s an odd fish: apparently British indie music labels are preparing a complaint to the EU over recommendations included in the recent Gowers Review of Intellectual Property. According to the Independent newspaper the Association of Independent Music is upset at plans to officially legalise the copying of CDs onto your computer/iPod/whatever. How wrong-headed is this? Do I need to count the ways?
It’s particularly upsetting news because one always hope that the indies can rise above this sort of money-grabbing nonsense. Until, that is, you recall that this is basically a retread of AIM’s call last July to blame ISPs and even computer hardware manufacturers for the travails of a faltering recording industry and to demand some sort of structure for financial recompense. That caused snorts of derision from many quarters back then, and I expect this latest stunt will too.