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The rising threat to music of the home taping phenomenon

This video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3jkUhG68wY&feature=player_embedded) is a hilarious take-down of the music publishing industry’s allegation that personal filesharing is “killing” music.  Part of the fun is figuring out the early 1980s references.  Also, I would totally buy a flag that had that cassette-and-crossbones logo…

Also, remember that according to former MPAA chief Jack Valenti,

[T]he VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.

Not that the content cartels would ever condone the use of overblown and hyperbolic language to frighten lawmakers into writing into law special rights to protect their outmoded business models…