Two Random, Unrelated, But Nevertheless Interesting Comments From the OnHollywood Conference

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 4, 2006

“I don’t think you can set up too many rules [on how consumers may play with and remix content] right now. People feel a sense of freedom. If you don’t let them play, they are going to play anyway.”

—Ted Cohen, SVP-Digital Development and Distribution, EMI.

Hard to argue with. What I found even more interesting, on a purely law-of-unintended-consequences level, was what Jennifer Feiken, the director of Google Video, said about five minutes before Ted said the previous comment.

She said that directors of music videos, in a nod to how online (and mobile) videos are watching within small frames, are saying they realize they have to shoot a lot more in extreme closeup. A gorgeous wide shot doesn’t have the same impact inside a three-inch screen that it does on a three-foot screen.

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Don

May 5, 2006 8:57 AM

I still remember the shock and disgust when searching for a friend's band on Napster in 1999 and seeing it come up in a directory called "bitchmusic" where the only discriminator was the artists were women. I grew to hate the way the kids falsified what artists said and meant and distributed their music with no financial kickback to the artist. It has devalued what was once a rarity and therefore more cherished. I couldn't imagine being 21 and thinking of being a professional musician- you'd have to charge $15 at the door to make your gas money back.

Don

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