RIAA to sue lipsyncers (Really) And Other Dumb Music News (the thursday music remix)
In what has to be the dumbest business move since the record industry started suing downloaders, the RIAA is now sending Cease and Desist letters to kids who are lipsyncing songs on YouTube. Who, for the sake of God, is running the major music industry?
Some of the Cristal (yeah, the champagne) people obviously didn't think that any hip hop fans read the Economist. In the recent article Cristal's Frédéric Rouzaud expressed distate for American rap stars' patronage of the high priced champagne.
Asked if an association between Cristal and the bling lifestyle could actually hurt the brand, he replies: “That’s a good question, but what can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Pérignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business.”
A mini furor has popped in the rap community with folks like Jay-Z and others calling for a boycott of all Roederer products Don't these companies realize where trends come from?
Oh, and did I tell you that the RIAA is going after lipsyncers? (and you wonder why I have no respect for the law…)