Thursday, January 27, 2005

Elvis Jailhoused by Label

I'm not sure what to make of it, but according to this site Sony/BMG's efforts to cash in on the expiration of Europe's 50-year copyright term on Elvis' sound recordings is accompanied with some dirty tricks. The music label is said to be rigging the British singles chart to get as much bang from their last buck:
[F]ans of The King are complaining the singles are unobtainable - as only 20,000 copies of each song is being released.

Some record stores are only receiving two copies of each song in a ploy to ensure each CD is sold out by the time the next song hits the shops, maximising the chance of securing the Number one spot.

Sony/BMG have pledged to make more copies available, but a secret document sent to record shops yesterday (25JAN05) reportedly tells retailers not to expect any more.

No expectations, but that it's not long 'till the King will rock freely, as Lawrence Lessig explained in Wired.


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