Monday, August 1, 2011

New law against faked-up recordings

The British advertising watchdog (BAW) has banned airbrushed photographs of aging models for giving the false impression that certain creams can make any woman look 28. Julia Roberts and Christie Turlington are among those being taken down. Forces in the music industry are proposing that the same principle should be applied to recordings of elderly artists whose recordings are pieced together to cover the false notes and dullness. Maybe this should be one of Placido Domingo’s first campaigns in his new glove-puppet role as president of IFPI, the industry’s anti-theft and fraud organisation. - Norman Lebrecht