The music industry has it bad, but how bad?

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The music industry has it bad, but how bad?

Thu Feb 26, 2009 @ 04:45PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

If being president of France and married to a famous musician can't keep Nicolas Sarkozy out of copyright trouble, what hope is there for the rest of us?

The band MGMT, creators of astonishingly tough songs to remove from our head, are suing Sarkozy after he used their song "Kids" in an online video.

Lest we compare this case to Jackson Browne's battle vs. John McCain, it seems as though Sarkozy is admitting his error with an offer to make amends by giving the band one euro.

One euro? An anti-SLAPP suit is more insulting. Wait...what's the exchange rate these days?

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