The Register ponders the question, "Why does the music industry make licensing its catalogs so cost prohibitive?"
For years, the Big Five (now Four) have preferred to litigate rather than license their catalogues, but we were told that was no longer the case.
"We have to license... and think like the publishers," said UMG's digital chief Larry Kenswil back in January, setting the tone for the year.
The problem is that the music industry sets its license fees so high that its licensees are doomed to fail, notes Michael Robertson (in "Imeem gets license and death sentence"). Could this be Microsoft's game plan in its patent initiative? Put on the guise of cooperating while pricing its competition into oblivion?… Read more