Peter Kafka

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Citigroup Wins, Guy Hands Loses and EMI Moves Closer to Warner

As of today four big music labels dominate the industry, but a court ruling just increased the chances that the number will shrink to three. A New York jury has ruled against Guy Hands, whose Terra Firma private equity shop owns EMI Music Group, in a suit he brought against Citigroup. Details here, but the only one you care about is that this makes it that much more likely that Citi will end up owning EMI, then selling it, most likely to rival Warner Music Group.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work