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NYTimes critiqued for running self-serving RIAA propaganda

Dean Baker writes in the blog of the The Center for Economic and Policy NYResearch link here responding to a New York Times opinion column written by Cary H. Sherman the "chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, which represents music labels." link here

Baker has much the better in the argument, pointing out that the Times has printed industry propaganda on more than one occasion.

Here are two paragraphs from his piece: "The real issue here is that copyright is an archaic property form that it is no longer practical to enforce in the Internet Age. Serious policy people should be looking to develop alternative mechanisms for financing creative and artistic work. Unfortunately, the organizations that ostensibly represent creative workers are not very creative. It is impressive that the NYT allows a piece from the industry to appear with apparently no fact checking. Two days earlier it had a similar column complaining about the failure of SOPA. Given its dominance of the NYT's opinion pages, it is understandable that the RIAA would be upset about the growth of independent voices on the Internet."

Mike Masnick chimes in link here with much the same criticisms.


Comments

Unfortunately there are a couple more.

The Piracy Problem: How Broad? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/technology/in-piracy-debate-deciding-if-the-sky-is-falling.html?ref=technology

Steal This Column http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/opinion/steal-this-column.html?ref=technology


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