Film/media critic Roger Ebert has penned an article over at Yahoo! Internet Life that recording industry execs might find useful. That is, if they would apply some history instead of spending their time being complete a**holes.
The basic summary is this: The recording industry’s newfound obsession with copy protection schemes will not—repeat, not—deter the dedicated pirate in any way, shape, or form. This is a fact, as history has shown time and time again. This obsession will, however, deter the average music fan from buying the latest and greatest. Or, at the very least, curb their enthusiasm for wanting to get the latest and greatest stuff.
It’s hardly an original opinion, but it’s one of the very few times that I’ve seen a well-known media figure espouse it.