Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Music Industry Finds A Legitimate Use For P2P: Market Research

from the wait-a-second... dept

Thanks to an anonymous reader who sent in a link to an article in the latest Wired Magazine about how the music industry - while claiming loudly to everyone who will listen that there simply are no non-infringing reasons for using file sharing networks - are actually using those same file sharing networks to research what's hot, and are even using that data to convince record stations to push certain bands. This is no surprise, but the article talks about the company BigChampagne that monitors the various file sharing services, and how it has clients that include quite a few major labels. Some music labels won't admit that they use such data, but the ones in the story seem to think it's the greatest thing around. This at the same time they're suing the very same people who are giving them all this "valuable" information. The article quotes Fred von Lohmann from the EFF saying: "We would definitely consider gleaning marketing wisdom from these networks a non-infringing use." You can almost see the gleam in his eyes, reading that quote. Ah, the irony of having the best "non-infringing" use example be the one that the music labels themselves are doing.

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  1. identicon
    AMetamorphosis, Sep 10th, 2003 @ 11:09am

    No Subject Given

    Makes you wonder if the RIAA " really " wants P2P file sharing to stop.

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  2. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Sep 10th, 2003 @ 6:40pm


    The irony is, of course, is that what's popular online is what the record companies have decided to make popular in the first place. The whole thing sounds like a big feedback loop. Obviously, there's a whole bunch of kids downloading songs that they've heard on the radio a lot, which are the songs the record companies tell them to play. Do the record companies really look at this and go, wow, I guses kids like Justin Timberlake as much as we thought...

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  3. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Sep 10th, 2003 @ 9:29pm

    Selling Music is a Marketing Exercise... and littl

    I think everyone is forgetting the fact that this folks (the recording industry) in well versed in the art of manufacturing image. They have little need for actual, grass roots popularity... except to nip it in the bud before it starts to hurt their market/mind share.

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  4. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Sep 11th, 2003 @ 7:57am

    Having it both ways

    of course, record industry use of this data to better market artists goes some of the way to supporting the argument that file-sharing does, in fact, benefit the industry.

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