So we were wondering how long this would take, and it took no time at all. Not only do you have Pandora’s Tim Westergren shilling for Clear Channel, you now have Google shills the Computer and Communications Industry Association (funders of several bizarre “studies”), the Digital Media Association and the Consumer Electronics Association, all coming to the party.
Yes, all these wankers have come together in the “Internet Radio Fairness Coalition” and why? According to their press release, “Internet Radio Fairness Coalition Launches to Help Accelerate Growth and Innovation in Internet Radio To Benefit Artists, Consumers and the Recording Industry“.
Ah, of course. Trickle down innovation, led by Mr. Million a Month, Tim Westergren. Well–after what Pandora’s stock did today (trading was halted), not so much. Tim probably won’t be clearing $1 million a month if that keeps up, bless his heart.
Let’s be clear about something: Google hates the music business. The Computer and Communications Industry Association hates the music business. The Consumer Electronics Association hates the music business–especially the head of the CEA, Gary Shapiro who really loathes the music business.
And let’s also be clear about something else: Tim Westergren is not your friend. Maybe he was once, but he has sold his soul, he has picked his side and he is taking his stand. And it’s not with you.
Westergren is with The Man 2.0 and on the side of the money. And they want to take your money.
So heads up artists: The fight is on. All these people intend to make sure you are screwed, blued and tattooed if you let them. They are out to eat your lunch. This is not a dog whistle, it is a battle cry. They mean to run us over.
If you let them. Who will stand up to them? And as the man said, if not now, then when? If not here, then where? If not us, then who? Our cause is just and the time is now.
Who will take a stand?