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You've read all about music labels screwing the pooch. Now see the motion picture!

US premium cable network HBO is making a movie based on the Recording Industry Ass. of America's impudent and decades-long battle with freetards and the internet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The flick is based on the book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age by music hack Steve Knopper. Playwright Victoria Stewart is writing the adaptation, which is to be produced by Bob Cooper (one of the producers of the 2006 pic, "John Tucker Must Die").

Appetite details the contemporary history of the music industry from the birth of the compact disc to the rise and popularization of mp3 sharing. The flick is sure to include a host of characters from the book including various executives from the "big four" labels, Napster founder Shawn Fanning, Kazaa's Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, and even Apple's beloved chief Steve Jobs as he beats the industry into submission under iTunes.

We've already seen his Jobship depicted by a young Noah Wyle in the 1999 made-for-TV-docudrama "Pirates of Silicon Valley." But this time around, we're not sure Wyle is, shall we say, thin enough for the part.

We're sure any casting suggestions will be appreciated and properly considered by Hollywood in our comments section. ®

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