Grokster's Impact On File Sharing? Uh... Not Much
from the oh-well dept
A year ago, when the Supreme Court came out with its decision on the Grokster case, the industry immediately declared victory. Andrew Lack (famous for lots of other misstatements) declared that, in the wake of the decision: "We will no longer have to compete with thieves in the night whose businesses are built on larceny." Beyond totally misunderstanding the nature of file sharing, he was also completely wrong (perhaps that's why he's no longer an executive at Sony). New studies show that file sharing has continued to grow, despite the Grokster case. While the industry has tried to pretend the Grokster decision said stuff it didn't, it still hasn't been able to do anything to curb file sharing (despite claims to the contrary). Instead of this ongoing denial, isn't it about time that the industry admitted that their strategy has not worked? There are other options out there that don't involve treating all your customers like criminals. Perhaps it's time for the record labels to try a few out.