EDITORIAL: Hollywood's PR smells of regression

A recent made-for-TV movie opened with a scene that showed how far the recording industry hasn't come in 20 years. It was the 1980s, and an industry lobbyist was trying to win a reporter's support for a sales tax on blank cassettes, arguing that the labels were losing millions to consumers who bought blank tapes and "dubbed" copyrighted music.

by DOUGLAS QUENQUA

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