Hilary Rosen, who ran the RIAA for many years, and was instrumental in their plan to sue Napster, Grokster, thousands upon thousands of individuals and to oppose any efforts to embrace file sharing or admit that there were business models that could be created around it, apparently wrote up a nice little column yesterday, before the Grokster decision was released -- in which she seems to have realized the fundamental truth. These file sharing systems aren't going away. Even as the industry "won" the Grokster decision, she admits that it will be impossible to stop all of the software that's already out there, and all of the software that's still waiting to come out -- which will only be more secure, more hidden and more difficult to shut down. She then goes on to complain about the limited selection of legal services, as well as the annoying DRM placed on them. She then makes the point that so many of us tried to explain to her while she was leading this crusade and making all of this possible: it's fundamentally a business model issue, and it's a situation where the industry needs to adopt new business models. Why didn't she ever say any of this when she was actually in a position to make a difference? Instead, she walked the industry down deeper into a hole that is becoming increasingly difficult for them to climb out of, despite today's ruling in Grokster.
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