Re: [rumori] Fwd: UR Vs SONY

Steev Hise (
Fri, 17 Dec 1999 15:30:51 -0800 (PST)

Fri, 17 Dec 1999 found Jason J. Tar writing:

>Isn't it quite possible that the folks who did the "cover" version did it
>out of respect, not simply out of a wish for cash? From the tone of the
>letter from Sony, it sounds very much like a tribute. I doubt Sony is

you've got to be kidding! IMHO, from the tone of the letter it obviously
sounds to me like some sycophantic marketing dork trying to weasel out of
something. He admits that they KNEW UR wouldnt grant them a license to the
recording, which is what they really wanted to do (just re-release the
original recording and make even more money that way), so they did the
weasely next best thing, they re-recorded it. It's most definitely not a
"tribute". sheesh.

anyone else want to chime in here? this is getting boring.

>If it was strictly a money thing, why would they be so open and happy to
>send funds to UR? Seems that they would have tried to conceal it, and not
>have offered UR a cent.

hello? They DID try to conceal it. They only offered money after the UR
people approached them asking what the hell was going on.

>I'm sorry, but I really don't think Sony has done anything "wrong" here.
>Perhaps unethical, but then again how many of us would be bitter about

I'm sorry, I don't have a dictionary handy right now, but i've always
thought "unethical" is basically equivalent to "wrong".
please explain the difference to me, i'm really curious.

> If you want them to be allowing you rights to sampling and what not, you
>need to start by allowing them the same rights in turn.

There's so much wrong with that sentence I don't even know where to begin.
Wait, yes i do:
1. Corporations don't have the right to allow OR disallow
sampling. It's already our right. Make no mistake, if it was up to
corporations, you wouldnt breathe or even think without paying them

2. I've never advocated the freedom to copy something wholesale and make a
bunch of money selling the copies.

3. again, even if you think you're
talking about the same rights, Sony doesnt DESERVE the same rights that
humans do, because Sony is not a person.


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