Comcast as well as Time Warner Cable have an interest in keeping residential Internet Service Slow. It inhibits growth of services such as Netflix that they compete with as well as having to compete against their own cable services. It is a blatant conflict of interest for cable companies to be Internet Service Providers.
Yes music is no longer regarded as a product that we pay for per song. Instead we pay for it indirectly through services or subscriptions.
Music is an enticement to get you looking at ads or having access to vast libraries of songs or get you to live performances.
The industry needs to get it out of their heads that they are creating a product for direct sale. There is a disconnect between the industry and those that consume their product and until they reconnect with music listeners they will continue to suffer the consequences like people turning to alternative means to get the service the "legitimate" services are not adequately offering.
What is an obsolete business model is the music industry insistence that recorded music can still profitably be placed on pieces of plastic with 16 songs where only a few are worth listening too then shipping it to stores and playing it on a big clunky device where it is easily rendered unplayable with a single scratch.
One pirated copy of a movie or video game does not equal a lost sale but customers demanding a refund and getting it or customers that would have bought your product but won't due to problems with your DRM does equal lost sales and a lot more than piracy ever will.
For those of you who say she deserves it because she could have downloaded mp3s legally through services forget that the music industry wanted to make mp3s illegal and resisted and sued out of existence every early music service. It wasn't until Napster that mp3s and downloading music became main stream and the music labels very reluctantly were forced to allow legitimate music services. Without "piracy" there was little incentive for the music industry to move into digital distribution.
The self entitlement mentality of artists is astounding. Who else believes they should be paid perpetually for work they do? Its insane and does not promote creativity. It allows artists to create one thing then live on their laurels for life.
We hear artists say copyright is there to guarantee them an income. Sorry sister but no one is guaranteed an income. You get paid when you find willing buyers. Money is earned by convincing people your work is valuable and is worthy of them paying you for it. Anything apart from that is dishonest and corrupt.
3D printing may make the fights over music and movie copying look tame in comparison. Imagine when you can print physical objects. The interests that manufacture these things are going to demand their products be covered under copyrights.
What this will do is make a lot of manufacturing obsolete. It could fundamentally change our economy since we may no longer rely on corporations nor the work others to provide for our own needs.
When we can provide our own wants and needs their is little need for money or other trading instruments since the basis for money changing hands is because person A has something person B wants and must trade something B wants to get it. If Person A can get what he wants without person B then there is no need for any kind of trading.
Before becoming a programmer I worked for an airline for many years as a reservation agent and the thing that generated the most complaints was the Frequent Flyer Program.
Yes the freebie. The give-away. It generated more complaints and ill-will by customers far more than even lost baggage, late or cancelled flights, extra charges, or airline food.
Free stuff gives people a feeling of entitlement. When they pay for something they are much more grateful for what they have and subsequently are less demanding and satisfied. People want to feel like they actually worked for something. It gives them self worth and a sense of accomplishment.
If 64% of teenagers are exposed to new music via Youtube. This means that those labels and bands that refuse to put their music on Youtube might as well not even exist to one of the largest music buying demographic.
What this will do is put usefully sites that have user generated content down while giving an advantage to read only sites that mainly just spoon feed information and services. This is one step closer the the RIAA/MPAA's main goal of having the Internet be a one way communication like cable TV.