SOCA, the Serious Organized Crime Agency in the UK, pimping for the incumbents puts on the frighteners. For a good cause, a little lying is OK.
this decision is not made for the benefit of songwriters, composers, audiences, music researchers or for the benefit of culture.
It is a profoundly anti-music decision.
Worse, the Musicians Union ??? a body purporting to represent the interests of their members ??? have decided to side with the BPI in their support of this copyright extension, confirming their status as pro-popstar, pro-corporate entertainment complex and pro-copyright maximisation??? but utterly anti-music, and anti-musician.
I know some good people in the MU, and I can think of good reasons to be a member. But at a public policy level, the Musicians Union has become complicit in some of the worst decisions and campaigns that are not to the benefit of their members at all, but solely for the good of the corporate record industry.
I don???t think they have been fooled by BPI rhetoric. I don???t think they???re stupid. I didn???t say ???deluded??? ??? I said ???complicit???.