Thoughts on Beatles Rock Band and the Economics of IP

“The Beatles: Rock Band” is due for release a week from today, together with a newly remastered set of  CDs of the Beatles’ albums.   That’s news to just about no one in the entertainment field, whether on the consumer side, the producer side, or the observer side.

The game and the remastered CDs arrive at a fascinating moment in the evolution of the economics of entertainment, which is to say, at a fascinating moment in the evolution of the rhetoric of intellectual property.

Take two recent feature articles about videogames and the music business, and compare them: Continue reading