RIAA Knows (But Tried To Hide) That Most 'Unpaid' Music Acquisition Comes From Offline Swapping
from the online-piracy-is-a-footnote dept
One hopes that this doesn't presage more attacks on such person to person sharing either, but I wouldn't bet on it. Remember, we're talking about an industry which has regularly sought to plug the analog hole. When we see proposals in Congress that would effectively allow Customs officials to start searching hard drives and MP3 players, you have to wonder if the entertainment industry is really gearing up to go after this kind of sharing as well.
Of course, what would be much nicer (and a hell of a lot more effective) is if they finally woke up to the fact that this is a reality -- and that there are ways to deal with it on the product and business model sides, rather than on the enforcement side. If they put one-tenth the effort into helping out with that as they do for pushing for greater enforcement, the online music landscape would look so incredibly different and would be so much better for everyone.