Oh No! Book Piracy Is Coming! Run And Hide!
from the blah-blah-blah dept
All that's really happened is that technology has resulted in a shift in how the dollars are spent: more goes towards live shows and merchandise than in the past and less on recorded music. The end result, though? More money being spent on music overall and more money for musicians. The only ones who have less money? The middlemen an the record labels who were too slow to update their business models once it became obvious which way this trend was going. Claiming that the numbers from the recording industry show the "harm" done by piracy is like claiming that the numbers from the Horse Carriage Association of America show how automobiles killed transportation. Recorded music does not represent "the music industry" just as horse carriages did not represent the transportation industry.
And, of course, it's worth looking at how such "piracy" impacts other parts of the industry. In one recent study done at Harvard, if you add in the sales of digital music players, such as the iPod, the music ecosystem has grown tremendously. In fact, that's part of the reason we've argued in the past that the ebook industry, if anything, really could use more piracy, not less, because it would help drive the overall market forward, and more quickly open up new business models. Fearing piracy is a fool's game. Getting more information out to more people more quickly only opens up opportunity.