Janis Ian On Music Downloads
from the a-voice-of-reason dept
It looks like this article has been around for a bit, and I did just find it on Slashdot (which I know seems to annoy one or two people), but it's well written, interesting, and completely worth posting. It's an article written by Grammy award winning (though, she points out it's unlikely the Grammys will ever nominate her for anything again) singer-songwriter Janis Ian pointing out just how wrong the music industry has been in presenting their side of the debate on downloading music. She clearly explains why, for most artists, file sharing and music downloads help them much more than hurt them. The most interesting thing, to me, is at the beginning of the article she added a section talking about how Hilary Rosen and others in the music industry immediately contacted her following the publication of the article and tried to refute her points. She goes through all of their arguments, one by one, and disproves them (often with a bit of sarcasm). Absolutely worth reading. My favorite quote: "If you think about it, the music industry should be rejoicing at this new technological advance! Here's a fool-proof way to deliver music to millions who might otherwise would never purchase a CD in a store. The cross-marketing opportunities are unbelievable. It's instantaneous, costs are minimal, shipping non-existant... a staggering vehicle for higher earnings and lower costs. Instead, they're running around like chickens with their heads cut off, bleeding on everyone and making no sense."