Oh the irony of it all!

I know I should be in bed right now, but I was perusing BoingBoing and came across this most interesting article.

Apparently, Hilary Rosen — yes, that Hilary Rosen, former head of the RIAA — is in a bit of a huff because she can’t download music from other online stores onto her iPod. She can only put music from Apple’s own music store, or from music she rips from her own CDs. And apparently, this is “cruel,” “anti-consumer,” and other bad things.

Wow… apparently she’s forgotten that the RIAA, the very agency she fronted all those years, consistently persecuted music listeners with draconian copyright measures (many of which were complete bombs) and forced digital rights management (DRM) crap down our throats. Complain about Apple’s “cruelty” all you want, but the RIAA had quite a bit to do with bringing all of this “anti-consumer” behavior about.

Copyfight has an excellent rebuttal of Rosen’s claims right here. And needless to say, Slashdot is already a‑hopping with the comments.


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