But, unless there's a record of the holdings that survived the blaze, how can you inventory what is gone? Isn't what people remember seeing or assume must have been there, in a legal sense, just hearsay?
You know, the execs who said right after the fire, "Not to worry, everything exists in another copy," were right, from their perspective. Everything of sufficient profit making potential is still extant, and that's all that matters to the value of the company. The fire might well have been a welcome relief from a pesky, troublesome legacy issue.
What actual obligation did the company have to protect that junk? Don't say moral; that concept is meaningless to a corporation. (Not to all the people in it, of course. Just to the entity itself.)
With all the hue and cry, just when they were shopping the beast, poised to make a killing, they may find it hard to satisfy the artists and estates. Then they'll wish they'd given that archive guy a golden parachute and a NDA.
Sorry if I've stated the obvious.
>From: "Paul T. Jackson" <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Jun 19, 2019 1:34 PM
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>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] How about a real & full account of UMG inventory losses?
>Perhaps this lawsuit will result in an inventory.
>Paul T. Jackson
>Steilacoom, WA 98338
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>On Wed, Jun 19, 2019, 10:28 AM Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask] wrote:
>> Hi Matt,
>> Your point is well taken.
>> When I was the Sound Director for MGM, we were given the task of sorting
>> the sound elements from the UA library because Worldwide Services had
>> mostly misinformation in their database. What we discovered, was that
>> many elements were in very poor shape and if they weren't restored,
>> transferred, etc., they would not be accessible the next time. These
>> included some very recognizable titles like "Marty" & "The Alamo", just
>> to name a couple. Worldwide Services complained about the cost & I was
>> told to stop the restoration work, only to identify the elements and
>> correct the database. I ultimately took the problem to the number 2 man
>> at MGM and was told that there was no money to save the elements. That
>> funding came from estimated revenues from after market release on a
>> title-by-title basis. It turned out that this is an industry wide
>> practice. No investment is made, by anyone, in maintaining what they have.
>> My $0.02
>> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>> On 6/19/2019 8:24 AM, Matthew Snyder wrote:
>> > Alex, behind your very good question is an assumption that UMG had a
>> > complete and detailed inventory of the contents of the building in the
>> > first place. There is no reason to believe that they did. They didn't
>> > enough about their holdings to invest money in protecting them, so why
>> > would they have spent money to catalog what they had and where it was?
>> > Sure, one guy had a pretty good knowledge of what was there, but that's
>> > the same as a paper or database trail.