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LA Times: Music Giants Miss a Beat on the Web

Jul 18, 2000, 08:53 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chuck Philips)

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"Next month, after two years of planning, the world's biggest record company will unveil its answer to Internet piracy."

"This is just the latest blunder by the music industry, which has managed to miss every major development on the Internet. And Seagram isn't the only laughingstock online. EMI, Time Warner, Sony and Bertelsmann also are flailing in cyberspace."

"'The feds need to step up to the plate and deal with it,' [RIAA CEO Hilary] Rosen says. 'They need to change the way they investigate and prosecute violators of copyright law on the Internet. And they need to move fast.'"

"'Let me tell you what else is in trouble here: the Internet,' Seagram head Edgar Bronfman Jr. says. 'In the end, the Internet itself will not be able to survive if it becomes a haven for illegal activity. Copyrights must be protected online.'"

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