I like The Strokes, so when I saw that I could pre-purchase the band’s new album for just $US7.99 I jumped at the chance.
The official Sony Music download site offering this service is US based and has made the album available on March 22nd.
So fancy my surprise when I learn that the album has already been released here in Australia. I can even buy it on iTunes.
Without waiting for the 22nd.
I’ve argued before that territorial copyright just ain’t working no more. Giving away distribution fiefdoms to subsidiaries or rights-holders in different nations makes little or no sense in an age when no matter where you disseminate information it can reach the whole planet.
But this incident takes the whole thing to new dimension of stupid. We’re all used to the USA being the “master market” where stuff gets released first. Now territorial copyright is making even that assumption unreliable.
I just wanna buy the entertainment I wanna buy, when I wanna buy it?
Can someone get rid of all these arsehats who decide on the dates it suits THEM to release something ?