I’m not even surprised. Of course the major labels are all full of shit when they say they care about piracy. All they care about is the all mighty dollar. If the money is better on the other side of the morality line, why not just play for that side as well?
That sort of thinking is exactly what was going through Shelby Bonnie‘s head back in the mid 2000’s. At the time Bonnie was a member of the Warner Music board, yet at the same time he was still CNET’s CEO.
…Since it’s no secret that CNET made a healthy profit from the millions of LimeWire clients that were downloaded from its site every month, this could lead to the awkward conclusion that a prominent Warner Music director profited from piracy.
While it should be noted that LimeWire hadn’t been convicted of doing anything illegal at the time, it is quite unusual that the CEO of LimeWire’s main distribution platform was simultaneously a director of one of the record labels going after LimeWire in court….
…Perhaps Bonnie opted to keep the healthy revenue stream alive until the court banned it, despite the massive losses Warner Music was claiming?…it wouldn’t really be far-fetched to compare it to a Universal Pictures director who also serves on the board of The Pirate Bay’s hosting company. (More here).