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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  1. identicon
    Newob, 19 Mar 2007 @ 5:47pm

    Rock smashes scizzors, filesharing bankrupts bootl

    All along, the RIAA stereotypes the people filesharing and the people selling bootlegs as one in the same group. But this is not true and never has been. Most people who copy movies or music off of the internet are willing to share with their friends and family freely and do not expect to make any money. Moreover, how can one sell this stuff if anyone can find it for free? The free availability of recorded entertainment makes it impossible for bootleggers to corner the market on cheap knockoff copies. On the other hand, if you have the money, the legit version is much more attractive than a cheap copy.

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