File Sharing Remains Constant
from the good-or-bad-depending-on-how-you-spin-it dept
While the recording industry likes to declare that its legal actions against file sharers are a success, a new report shows little change in file sharing traffic. This can easily be spun to support both sides — and the likely truth is that there are multiple forces at work here. Some people have almost definitely stopped their file sharing activities due to the threat of lawsuits. Though, you could argue that’s a hollow victory — because those people may discover less music and may end up giving less money to the recording industry and its artists. The industry’s spin is not surprising. It’s celebrating the fact that sharing has been “contained” by noting that with more broadband use, it should have increased. However, again, we’re talking hollow victories here. There’s still a ton of file sharing going on and the real question is what it’s actually done for the industry’s ability to make money in the future — and you could make a reasonable case that it’s done a lot more harm than good. The other bit of doublespeak from the industry spokesperson is the claim that all these complaints about copy protection are simply misunderstandings, and that the technology “helps get music to consumers in new and flexible ways.” That’s funny, it doesn’t seem to add any new method of delivery that we can see, and seems to remove flexibility, not add it.