File Sharing Putting CD Counterfeiters Out Of Business?

from the perhaps-the-RIAA-should-be-happy... dept

While studies have shown that unauthorized file sharing has no real impact on legitimate CD sales, the site TorrentFreak is suggesting that it has hurt one business: counterfeit CDs. The guys who stand on the street corners or at flea market selling cheap, but fake, copies of popular CDs are finding a lot less demand these days thanks mainly to file sharing. In the past, if someone didn't want to pay top dollar for a CD, their only choice was basically to buy one of these knockoffs. However, these days, with the growth of file sharing, they're better off just getting the songs free online. People who still want real copies of the CDs still buy them, but the market for cheap knockoffs just isn't there any more. Of course, you never hear the RIAA mentioning this "positive" aspect of file sharing...
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    CasperIV, 19 Mar 2007 @ 12:52pm

    Re: Positive aspect of file sharing?

    There are a lot of positive things that have come from file sharing... you might not want to make such a bold statement without thinking it through. If your point was to state that reducing the revenue of bootlegged CDs was not much of a positive effect, then it would not sound quite so ignorant.

    I am not going to take up comment room with a list of positive repercussions file sharing and file sharing systems have had (That is better left to a medium other then the comments section of an article). I will, however, disagree with the notion that the reduction of bootlegged CDs isn't a good thing. You are replacing an illegal organization that was probably funding crime with a free medium which is driving new technologies and bringing to light failures in our copyright system (not to mention the endless laughs at the expense of the RIAA).

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