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EMI boss speaks out against SOPA’s methods

Says ‘piracy’ is a service issue
Thu Jan 26 2012, 17:11

A VICE PRESIDENT at record label EMI has spoken out on 'anti-piracy' plans detailed in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the US, saying "the method they're using is incorrect".

According to Torrent Freak, EMI's VP of Urban Promotions Craig Davis said that he's not fan of digital rights management (DRM), and that 'piracy' is a service issue, not an issue about money.

Davis was apparently speaking from a personal perspective when said that the two pending anti-piracy bills were not the way forward. He said, "Personally, I feel that the method they're using is incorrect. All it will do is cause headaches and issues for everyone."

However, although he opposes PIPA and SOPA, he does think 'piracy' is a problem. He thinks this problem can be better solved within the music industry itself.

"I do believe that a person should be compensated for their work. I feel that piracy is a big issue, and things like Spotify will assist in combating this problem," he said.

Davis was backing up points made by The Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, who said that piracy is a service issue, because once people have easy access to content, the problem will disappear.

It is clear that services such as Netflix and Spotify go some way toward resolving the issue of copyright infringement. Once services like this have the range of content that they need, and at the right price, there is no reason for 'piracy' to be a problem. µ


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