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Doug Morris, Universal CEO Claims Customers are Criminals

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“These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it,” UMG chairman/CEO Doug Morris says. “So its time to get paid for it.”

So get this. I’m a criminal! Why? Apparently because I own two iPods and they are supposedly my container for “stolen music”.

Isn’t that pretty?

There’s not a lot to say really. This is beyond ludicrous and probably one of the most idiotic moves a CEO could make and that he made such a comment is more a testimony to the cloud cover these guys have over DRM and public perception than reality. Because the reality is this would be a PR disaster if anyone really covered the issue in a major news outlet.

Nonetheless, why should I ever give any company or sub-company my money if they start the relationship by calling me a criminal?

These guys are greedy pigs. Mobile or Shell doesn’t get a cut from BMW every time I buy a car! Tide doesn’t get a cut from Kenmore , nor do Levis every time I wash a pair of jeans or buy a machine. It’s complete insanity.

Posted: 29.11.2006 in Music, Product Annoyances Both comments and pings are currently closed. — RSS 2.0

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