The Null Device

Last year, the US recording industry snuck in a law (as a rider on a satellite TV bill), giving recording companies perpetual copyright of artists' recordings as "works for hire". The lobbyist who did the dirty deed was later hired by the RIAA, presumably as a reward for his loyalty. Now, the RIAA and artists have agreed that the work-for-hire law must go. I wonder how much of this is due to Internet-borne revelations of the corruption of the recording industry, as recounted by Courtney Love, Steve Albini and the like.

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