Sheryl Crow, Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys were among the big-name artists who joined Carly Fiorina on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show, where HP chairman and chief executive took perhaps the toughest stand yet by a technology industry executive against digital music piracy.
At a conference where products for recording and sharing digital content are in abundance, Fiorina said HP was determined to help stamp out the illegal copying of music and video by including tough protection technologies in virtually all of the consumer products it sells.
“We are proud to stand on this stage and take a tough stand on digital piracy,” Fiorina said. “Too much digital content is still being taken illegally, undermining business models and artistic integrity.”
“Starting this year, HP will strive to build every one of our products to protect digital rights,” she said.
Most of Fiorina’s speech was given over to the issue of music piracy. Instead of the computer industry’s Moore’s Law, Fiorina coined a new term: Kazaa’s Law, after the popular file-sharing software.
“Kazaa’s Law states that our sense of right and wrong does not evolve as fast as our technology,” she said. “Just because we can do wrong doesn’t mean we should. Just because we can steal music doesn’t mean we should.”