Gene Simmons. Once upon a time, he played bass and unrolled his tongue out for that brown paper bag of musical hurt that is Kiss. Now he just goes around saying stupid things like this:
Make sure your brand is protected. Make sure there are no incursions. Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don't let anybody cross that line. The music industry was asleep at the wheel, and didn't have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we're left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs. There's no industry.
Great. Sue first, ask later. A perfect philosophy to go through business and life.
But no, Gene, piracy hasn't destroyed the music industry. Bad shit has, like 99 per cent of the crap you vomited out back in the '70s and '80s. And the market is still going. Go to Ars Technica to read a summary of Simmons' spewing at the MIPCOM convention in Cannes. It just gets better, in a bad sort of way. [Ars Technica]