This was no minor skirmish. It was the clash of culture; the dissonance between what has gone before and what must inevitably come after. They were known as "Luddites".
Today, YouTube the video hosting website has lost a battle with modern Luddites - those who seek to prevent the sharing of music videos.
The Telegraph has reported:
Thousands of music videos featuring some of the world’s most popular artists will be deleted from YouTube this evening, after the video-sharing website failed to strike a licensing agreement with the governing body that collects royalty payments for songwriters and composers.
This is only one, in hundreds of blocking moves the music industry has attempted in the face of information exchange that now moves in megabits per second and not the penny post. Remember DRM? A blatant attempt to prevent you making a compilation CD for your girlfriend! Sooner or later, these moves get the bum's rush they deserve, on the basis that for years, punters paid outrageous prices for music, on vinyl, on mini disc, on cartridge, on cassette, on CD, etc, and may have paid (like me) several times over for the same album.
Tonight's announcement should be read with the disgust it deserves, and those fuzzy naff old vids should be allowed back on You Tube, where they belong, for the benefit of everybody.