Universal suing MySpace, Youtube

Scott Thill is not happy with Universal's decision to go after MySpace and Youtube for reposting copyrighted material:

the behemoth major Universal Music Group is going after MySpace (Fox) and YouTube (not Fox) for cash because they're too stoopid to come up with their own ways of repurposing their own content. Rich.
It's a tough issue. Universal is clearly a craven money machine, but they do have the law on their side.

They should, like The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and South Park, embrace this online echo as a path to a whole new set of eyes. Instead, they push back against technology, shut their eyes, cover their noses and sue sue sue.

Thill is pissed most of all at their innovation incompetence:
Why hasn't UMG beaten these people to the punch? They've got the funds, the artists and all of their music, videos and vaults, yet their lunch is being eaten by a bunch of "new businesses" with what amounts to a basic social networking infrastructure that services embedded video and music. It's not rocket science, UMG. You have the unreal DJ Shadow, the surreal Mars Volta and the (kill me now) hyperreal Ashlee Simpson, but what you don't have is an excuse. And suing "new businesses" with better ideas isn't going to change that.

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