Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Apr 2011 16:01 UTC
Google So, Google has been working on setting up an internet music service for a while now, and we even know some of the details about what Google wants it to look like. Sadly, however, rumour has it the negotiations with the music industry have been so frustrating, Google is contemplating abandoning the entire project altogether. This has led some to wonder - why doesn't Google, or a consortium of technology companies, just buy the music industry outright?
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pompous stranger
Member since:
2006-05-28

One would assume attempting to purchase or join in purchasing the entire music industry would be a great way to ensure all sort of anti-trust attention gets focused on your company.

Google can't even republish orphaned books without what looks to be an intractable court battle, so why would anyone think they could ever legally own an entire sector of the IP economy?

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elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

Normally I'd agree, however you're overlooking the fact that the music industry collectively owns a highly coveted and extremely rare +9 Shield of Congressional Immunity. Possession of that talisman would solve many of Google's current and future problems, making it well worth the effort to acquire by any means possible.

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RIchard James13 Member since:
2007-10-26

Except the shield is tainted with corruption and the current alignment of Google means that they can't wield it.

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