CEA Fights Back With Forceful Ad

The Consumer Electronics Association fired back at the content industry, publishing a print ad in a Washington newspaper that rips into the RIAA and MPAA for fear mongering and spreading disinformation. The CEA is trying to persuade congresspeople to oppose legislation that restricts satellite radio. The group convincingly makes its case by tapping the history books, finding quotes from the past that also engaged in stirring up a little fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD), and turned out to be absolutely wrong:

"I forsee a marked deterioration in American music...and a host of other injuries to music in its artistic manifestations, by virtue—or rather by vice—of the multiplication of the various music-reproducing machines..." -John Philip Sousa on the Player Piano (1906)

"The public will not buy songs that it can hear almost at will by a brief manipulation of the radio dials." -Record Label Executive on FM Radio (1925)

More after the jump.

"But now we are faced with a new and very troubling assault on our fiscal security, on our very economic life and we are facing it from a thing called the videocassette recorder." -MPAA on the VCR (1982)

"When the manufacturers hand the public a license to record at home...not only will the songwriter tie a noose around his neck, not only will there be no more records to tape [but] the innocent public will be made an accessory to the destruction of four industries." -ASCAP on the Cassette Tape (1982).

I'll add one more: "What is past is prologue." -William Shakespeare

Consumer Electronics Association criticizes content industry fear-mongering [ars technica]