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.

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    Paul, 20 Jan 2006 @ 3:02am

    File sharing

    I still have a hard time understanding why it would be illegal to share files. Radio stations put music out there on the airways, we'll call them the "servers". Then the electronic industry has created mini stereos, recorders, dual tape decks etc, let's call that the peer to peer tool for recording music. Why doesn't the music industry go after disabling tape deck recording functions etc. How about going after all the electronics manufacturers who make it possible to record music with they're equipment? I believe they did and lost if I am not mistaken in the early 80's. Is there really a fundemental difference? Shut down the radio stations for supplying me with music I can copy on a tape deck and burn to a cd. Quit making cd burners and tape decks etc. Has nobody argued this point? I have flat out stopped buying music cd's. I use to file share, and when I liked something I also bought the cd, No more... Yes, I do believe that the music industry has shot themselves in the foot and will more than likely continue doing so.

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