March 14th, 2003

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As if you didn't already know this, the recording industry is EVIL.

Capitol Records has taken a nice little step to let us know exactly how concerned they REALLY are with copyright issues. You might think that a member in good standing of the RIAA, infamous for their "it's okay for us to root / DOS / infect your computer with viruses" stance on draconian response to copyright violations, would respect other people's copyrights.

You might think that, but if you did, you'd be dead wrong.

On Capitol Records' home page for one of their "hot new artists", one Jennifer Hanson, there's a link to a video for her song "Beautiful Goodbye". If you watch the clip, you'll notice that there is a backdrop behind the band featured throughout the video, apparently projected on canvas from an LCD projector.

It's this image right here. Did they so much as ask Ryan of Digital Blasphemy for his permission to use the image, much less offer him any - gasp - actual money for the use of his copyrighted image? Why, of course they didn't. It's not their copyright they're violating, after all...

I'd love to give you an email address to tell Capitol Records of Nashville what you think, but apparently they already know damned well they're dirtbags, as not only do they not list any electronic contact information, they are apparently unlisted in the phone book and don't even list any addresses for MAIL. However, they are a "sister label" of the real Capitol Records, so you can always email the parent label.
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Hypocrisoft

Item: in May of 2002, Jim Allchin, Microsoft's Group VP for Platforms, told Department of Justice officials under oath that sharing Windows source code with other American competitors "could damage national security and even threaten the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan."

Item: Last month, Microsoft signed an agreement with China to reveal the full Windows source code to the Chinese government.

So basically, either American competition is supposedly more of a threat to national security than China, or Microsoft is headed up by a pack of utterly amoral liars. Unless somebody can point out a third option that I missed somewhere?
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