For The Mix Tape, A Digital Upgrade And Notoriety

from the promotion-or-piracy? dept

We’ve argued here over and over again that the music industry is taking the wrong position when it comes the music sharing. They’re angering their own customers, but, even worse, they’re missing out on a huge opportunity to promote their artists. The NY Times takes this argument to a different medium, looking at the rise in popularity of CD mix trading groups. These groups apparently have members who make mix CDs (usually from music they own) and send them out to each other. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that these groups probably help the music industry grow. They give people a chance to hear new bands that they never would have heard before, and probably increase the sales of those bands’ CDs. The music industry, however, calls them pirates and says it has no problem going after them to prove their point.

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