What do you think of the question of how much discretion bands should be able to exercise over user-generated content? To recap, the essential question is whether fan-generated content (i.e. video of a band playing in concert) helps or hurts bands, and whether they and their labels, managers, etc. have the right to control said content.
My impression is that these guys are lucky that technology, and the sheer numbers of fans, are keeping them from being able to really put a lid on user-generated content, because otherwise I think they would do irreparable harm to themselves. These guys (most of them are guys) have some brass balls in assuming that they are experts at how to navigate the waters of new technology, particularly since their record of dealing with filesharing, for instance, is the record of a missed opportunity leading to massive declines in physical record sales.
I simply don’t see the harm in fan-generated content. Bands love the marketing potential of new media (i.e. youtube) but still think that they and their labels can control it. Take the good with the bad. I’ve yet to see anyone demonstrate a harm to having lots of fan-generated content on the web…if someone can do so, I would love to see it. Viral marketing is a big part of marketing for bands with major label support, at all levels of the game. It’s not the hail mary marketing solution for underground artists that it’s made out to be. It’s big because people’s orientation to technology is changing, and their ways of connecting to the live performance are changing, too. People like filming. People take pictures literally all the time nowadays. Why would we expect them to act differently at a show?