July 23, 2004

The Perils Of Rhetorical Success [10:44 am]

From the IFPI’s report on commercial piracy (Press Release: Music pirate sales hit record 1.1 billion discs but spread of fake CD trade slows), we get an indication of what happens when you conflate language to exploit subtext:

Commercial piracy, contrary to what commentators mistakenly think, is just as important a problem for the music industry today as internet piracy. And in several of the music industry’s very largest markets - countries with low rates of broadband penetration such as Brazil, Mexico and Russia - piracy of physical discs still dwarfs its internet equivalent.

Just who are these “commentators?” Methinks that they’re largely drawn from the recording industry…..

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