The Copy Protection Myth
from the this-again? dept
It’s not hard to see why copy protection on legally purchased CDs backfires badly by treating legit paying customers as criminals while making the music less valuable. In many ways, it encourages people to go look for unencumbered digital files from the various file sharing networks. Now, Broadband Reports is chipping away at another part of the the copy protection/file sharing myths the recording industry loves to talk about. First, they point out that, despite the copy protection on one particular CD, a song from that CD is still the number one traded file on some networks. In other words, the entire reason to copy protect the CD (to keep it from being shared) hasn’t worked. It’s useless. At the same time, however, the CD is selling well. The recording industry is misinterpreting this, of course, to suggest that consumers don’t mind the copy protection (something that seems contrary to the many complaints about the CD). However, what it really shows is that sales can still do well, despite the songs being traded for free on file sharing networks. In fact, some might claim that the popularity of the songs on such networks may have helped the CD’s sales by making it more popular. So, at what point does the RIAA even consider that the basis for their actions is simply wrong?