Just read a wonderful article about the history of RCA from the September 1932 issue of Fortune,
courtesy of my friend Greg Staple. It turns out that spectrum
wasn’t the only area of legal uncertainty in the early days of
radio. Here’s a sampling: “A wholesale disrespect for the
sanctity of patent rights nurtured an independent radio industry.”
I couldn’t help but think about the parallels to the current conflicts
over digital distribution of music.