LA Times: Vivendi Chief Says He'll Crush Pirates
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"Jean-Marie Messier is not afraid of Napster. The 43-year-old
Frenchman who runs Vivendi is betting the bank that Seagram Co.'s
giant record division can stamp out digital piracy simply by
offering better service and higher quality audio files to music
fans on the Internet. Vivendi will crush Napster and other
digital counterfeiters, Messier predicts, by hawking 'value-added'
music subscriptions to the hits of Shania Twain and other Seagram
stars online through mobile phones, personal computers and
"Question: You two just negotiated this
humongous deal built on the premise that you can sell music online.
Aren't you anxious that digital piracy will gut the business?
Messier: Piracy doesn't worry me. It really
only works when there is no alternative. That's why Napster is so
popular right now. When you have only one service available, that's
what people have to use. But as soon as customers are given an
alternative with higher sound quality and better service, that's
where they'll go. Without question. ...
[Seagram chief Edgar] Bronfman: Let's step back
a minute here. You can dress Napster up any way you want. But the
fact is Napster takes other people's property and gives it away.
That means Napster is very limited in what it can offer. We, on the
other hand, own a historic catalog of diverse music and have direct
relationships with current recording artists. That gives us an edge
on delivering higher quality music to our customers. ..."
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- CNET News.com: Study: Napster users buy more music(Jul 21, 2000)
- LA Times: Music Giants Miss a Beat on the Web(Jul 18, 2000)
- Wired: The Open Source of MP3s(Jul 17, 2000)
- SF Gate: Senate Sidesteps Net Music Dispute Panel says it will let the courts decide downloads(Jul 12, 2000)
- VNU Net: Napster hides behind 'home recording' law(Jul 05, 2000)
- Web Developer's Journal: No We Won't Pay - MP3 Will Give Streaming a Bloody Nose(Jul 02, 2000)
- CNET News.com: Programmers prepare new, free MP3 format(Jun 16, 2000)
- MP3 and You and Me: The Musician's Association Solution(Jun 13, 2000)
- IT-Director: The [MP3] hippies bite back!(Jun 08, 2000)
- ZDNet UK: Forget Napster, FreeNet is really scary...(Jun 01, 2000)
- CNET News.com: Napster-like technology takes Web search to new level(May 31, 2000)
- Salon: Napster at law [Q&A w/new CEO Hank Barry](May 31, 2000)