I’ve had this issue int he past where I couldn’t get albums from British artists I liked in the United States — or hell, a copy of Comfort & Joy, an excellent little comedy by Bill Forsythe that is simply not available in the United States…the entertainment giants are so busy trying to wring the last bit of tuck out of their customers by going after them for everything from piracy to fair use of their products that they miss the main reason they have trouble with the internet: stupid copyright restrictions.
The webmaster for Depeche Mode and head of BRAT Productions had this to say, after he tried to buy a copy of a song:
The issue is more with the middlemen that collect royalties on (allegedly) behalf of the artists: these dimwits view the world as a group of markets, instead of realizing there is one market online. Accessing material on iTunes shouldn’t matter if you are in the United States, Britain, Canada, or wherever. It’s not conducive to business, it’s not good for the artists…it’s stupid and 20th Century.
Here’s the rest of his rant:
I am so fucking sick of this shit! I am a music lover! I love to buy, and own, music. If I can not buy an actual CD, I buy WAV format, so I can have the best possible quality (fuck mp3/aac). More often than not, when I want to buy something legally, I get this shit. You want illegal downloads to stop? STOP FUCKING PUTTING REGION RESTRICTIONS! Figure out a way to talk to your labels in other regions, make a FUCKING DEAL, AND GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER! There is a globe full of people who want the opportunity to hear new music. Stop selling to only one region! Fix this, and watch. You will you see less piracy. GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR COLLECTIVE ASSES!