This is almost encourageing-to hear a major old media executive admit a serious strategic blunder over the direction his company/imndustry chose to follow. He rightly describes the anti-piracy and anti-digital battles as "wars" with consumers. In case anyone was wondering: market power, when it decreases features alienates aware consumers, even if it doesn't immediately ruin your revenues. That took about 7 years.
The power of the net and the digitization of music consumption is that it freed everyone from the anti-competitive power of big music; it amde devils of thre labels and angels of Apple, KaZaa, Limewire and Napster.
So, maybe the studios are listening, or even watching. Maybe it's time to offer an insanely great version of your product in the digital space, and end the war on content consumption.
"We used to fool ourselves,' he said. "We used to think our content was perfect just exactly as it was. We expected our business would remain blissfully unaffected even as the world of interactivity, constant connection and file sharing was exploding. And of course we were wrong. How were we wrong? By standing still or moving at a glacial pace, we inadvertently went to war with consumers by denying them what they wanted and could otherwise find and as a result of course, consumers won."