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The music industry resorts to begging for money

In the news today, it appears that ASCAP is now seeking donations to take down Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Public Knowledge and Creative Commons. There's a lot disturbing about this story. The first is that ASCAP, an organization dedicated to protecting the copyright's of musicians, seems to have no clue about how copyrights work (i.e. claiming that these groups undermine copyright). The other is that considering the fact that ASCAP collected over 900 million dollars in licensing fees in 2008, do they really need to panhandle to take on these groups (who probably have slim money themselves)? I realize ASCAP is a non-profit (dolling out about 800 million of that money to their members), but this just seems silly.

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