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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    Dewy, 21 Mar 2007 @ 2:30pm

    Arrghh, we not be pirates

    Even the Supreme Court has agreed, filesharing is not Stealing or Piracy.

    No money is exchanging hands... no one is being deprived of their right to market in any fashion they like... and where does the industry gets off feeling like its entitled to charge me multiple times for media I have already paid for or are using as an educational resource (bar band... gotta learn new tunes).

    How many times shall I be charged for viewing the Mona Lisa, or applying it as a wallpaper on my desktop? I have even heard rumors of bands and clubs being charged for the performance of cover tunes... the nerve of some rich folk!

    When I can be assured I will only be charged Once for my "license" to own a copy of "Back in Black" (which I bought on Lp, Cassette and CD), then I will CONSIDER their right to "control" something they have released for personal consumption.

    Until then they have every right to pursue copyright infringement against use for profit with my blessing. They can make sure their song is not associated with any products or practices they do not endorse... thats fine... its "their art, their decision.

    But as far as I am concerned... and feel free to hunt me down and sue my broke heiny out of existence... Artists create art for the public to consume. Musical and visual arts lose nothing in their consumption, and only gain from the exposure. Once they have "released" something for public review... there is no going back. No fee per ear can be applied, no "pay per veiw" after the moment of creation and release.

    How they market and control the commercial and political use of said art is entirely up to them, but once they expose their art, it is part of the public's conscious.

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