07 February 2007

Give The RIAA Enough Network Cabling...

...and it will hang itself.

One of the under-appreciated benefits of a medium like Web publishing that has practically no barriers to entry is that anybody can post anything - and does. These might be veritable gems - or utter, own-foot-shooting howlers that in some respect are even more precious than said jewels.

For example:

Between 1983 and 1996, the average price of a CD fell by more than 40%. Over this same period of time, consumer prices (measured by the Consumer Price Index, or CPI) rose nearly 60%. If CD prices had risen at the same rate as consumer prices over this period, the average retail price of a CD in 1996 would have been $33.86 instead of $12.75.

Only the RIAA.

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