Fresh Off Being Called Out For Collusion, Legacy Music Industry Players Cite Need For Greater Collusion On Political Front
from the yeah,-that'll-do-it dept
Just recently, we wrote about the collusive behavior by music publishing companies, led by ASCAP, to try to screw Pandora out of higher rates. A judge called them out for it and rejected their plan (though, with little in the way of other punishment). However, apparently the publishers and other parts of the legacy recording industry seem to think that in order to move the political debate forward, they need to all get on the same page concerning the story they tell to Congress.
Yes, despite all the statements since the death of SOPA about how the legacy players in the music industry have given up on legislation, that’s bogus. Instead, they’re trying to team up and get their story straight about what kind of legislation they want:
When it comes to the music industry’s lobbying efforts in Washington, it is time for some harmony.
That message has gained momentum among music executives, who worry that squabbling among the various players — record labels, music publishers, artists, songwriters — will undermine broader initiatives to push for new legislation and regulatory reform.
Music groups are pushing for a range of new laws and regulations that they believe are vital to help their businesses survive in the digital era. But the interests of these parties do not always align.
Oh, and don’t expect any of this new “sing from the same songbook” effort to include actually working with fans to understand what they want, or with innovators to understand how these legacy players might embrace the future to improve their business. Instead, it’s all about playing hardball politics to try to use new laws to prop up old business models. The article notes that the defeat of SOPA was a wake-up call to the various parts of the music industry to work together to stop “the increasing influence” from technology companies.
Of course, they’re just playing the same old game: lobby, rather than innovate. Collude, rather than compete. It’s an old strategy that worked for decades, but seems much less likely to work these days. That was the lesson of SOPA, but it appears that the legacy players still don’t get it.