Edgar Bronfman Jr, head of Warner Music, was asked if his kids steal music. He said they had, and that he'd made sure that they'd "suffered the consequences" but wouldn't say what he actually did to them, beyond giving them a stern talking-to.
However, Warner Music and the other big labels routinely sue the families of children who download music for their entire life's savings. That, in Bronfman's view, is the "consequences" of "stealing music" — so did he turn over his entire life's savings to his employer?
We asked Edgar Bronfman, the head of the world's fourth largest music company, at the Reuters Summit whether any of his seven kids stole music.
"I'm fairly certain that they have, and I'm fairly certain that they've suffered the consequences."
We couldn't begin to guess what that means. He explained to our Second Life reporter, Adam Pasick:
"I explained to them what I believe is right, that the principle is that stealing music is stealing music. Frankly, right is right and wrong is wrong, particularly when a parent is talking to a child. A bright line around moral responsibility is very important. I can assure you they no longer do that."
Great, but what did he do to them?
"I think I'll keep that within the family."