Well Sony has certainly found a way to annoy (putting it mildly) Kiwi web users/music buyers.
You'd think it would be well worth staying on the good side of a bunch of people with so much discretionary spending power. But in an arrogant, bloody minded sweep, which has destroyed goodwill between itself and the music buying public, Sony New Zealand has obtained the email addresses of Kiwi Napster users and gone public with veiled threats of court action. Newsgroups such as nz.gen, nz.soc and the Internet Society of NZ ran hot with outrage.
Many people use Napster as a way to explore and hear music which is never played on the radio. Are record companies so narrow-minded and short-term profit focused to bring all this to a halt? Apparently so.
The record companies say they're protecting intellectual property. What about all people who bought the intellectual property to music in the form of vinyl records and were forced to buy it again on CD?
Of course Sony NZ says it just wants to protect the interest of its Kiwi musicians. Sony NZ is so committed to New Zealand music it has signed up FIVE (count them, FIVE) local acts. And quite frankly, how good a job is it doing for these artists. Surely Bic Runga should be big on the world stage by now? Why hasn't her great record company got her there?
Web music fans: Sony's gotcha - Stuff
First year not a great one for eVentures
It's New Zealand launch featured pretty TV ads and much hoopla but eVentures is now struggling like a cat in a sack about to be thrown in the river. The internet investment company has ended its first year with a $4.5 million loss. EVentures listed on the NZSE last May and planned to make up to eight investments but so far has only made two - the online loan comparison service E-Loan and the email marketing company MessageMedia. Now it has repitched its strategy and will narrow its focus to three sectors - online communications and new media, supply chain and mobile internet.
Ideas famine costs e-Ventures $4m - NZHerald
Eagle loses a suitor
Neither will publicly admit it but insiders say GDC Communications is no longer
talking turkey with Eagle Technology.
Network services company GDC first made overtures to IT supplier Eagle last year, prior to the death of the managing director and founder Trevor Eagle. Following his death, leadership of the company passed to the son Craig Eagle who continued with sales negotiations.
It is understood sales talks broke down after the two parties failed to agree on a price. The fact that Eagle is being sued in the High Court for $20 million by former joint venture partner Integrated Learning can't have helped.
Eagle confirms sales field thins - Computerworld
Eagle/GDC deal crumbles - NZHerald