Please Don't Steal Music

from the wishful-thinking dept

An interesting, if sometimes rambling, article in Salon about how the music industry needs to learn to “let go” and trust their customers, while at the same time offering them a realistic solution for being able to download and listen to whatever music they want. The article suggests that all these copy protection schemes are just short term solutions to keep people in a frenzy while they work out their real digital music plans. I’m not convinced of this. I still think the music industry really believes they can prevent people from copying music. The article does present one interesting proposal, though, suggesting that ASCAP type fees be leveraged on ISPs. If your ISP fee went up slightly, but you were allowed to legally download and trade any music, would that be worth it?

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