Nikki, No one wants to have to give their stuff away for free. You spent your hard earned time making it, so you want people to support you. The problem is that people are used to getting music for free now, and whether it is right or not makes no difference. So basically what you have is no demand to purchase your music. It would be like selling plain old sea shells at a beach, who would buy them?
In the future, music will no longer be a tangible good that is bought or sold. (you don't have to agree with me, but thats where things are going) Instead, a lot of music will be used as advertisement. For example, Chevy uses a famous song that everybody loves in their car commercial, why? because people will hear it and pay attention, and it sticks in their mind. The same thing would happen when i hear a "badass" song, I would be proud to buy and wear the bands t-shirt.
The nice thing about this change is that Artists will no longer be able to put out a song and just make money from it. They will have to be more accessible, and more creative. Finishing the song will be just the beginning. (not that its the end now, but you get the idea) This will be much better for the fans in the long run.
It is not the same. With digital goods, you get a 100% perfect replica. The handbag may look the same in a well lit room, but it is not the same. If you offered your GF the choice between a real bag and a fake one, the cost being the same, which one would she choose? Probably the real one because she knows it's better quality, maybe comes with a warranty, etc...
This is backwards thinking. Trying to stop them is the wrong way to go about it. I agree that it is stealing, and that it is wrong, but it is too late to stop it. There are ways that file sharing can be used as a tool.
Quick example of idea: file sharing has caused a rapid depreciation in the value of music as a product. The industry will have to evolve into one where music is used as an advertisement or promotion instead of a product. Let people hear your music and get them to come to concerts, purchase merchandise, and buy expanded content. This idea would kill big record labels, because the profit margins are not insane like they used to be, but does anyone really care if they go away? This would also open the market up to tons of potential new music as the record labels would not control 90% of the distribution.
I have to disagree with you here. Although I do think Ego might be a small part of the problem, I think the biggest part is MONEY. The record labels have been gouging the industry for decades, and all the sudden things have changed. The record industry was (and is still) not ready to give up their huge profit margin. Because of this, they have failed to innovate and adapt to changing conditions.
The industry is slowly coming around, but just like in the movie "Mr. Deeds", you almost have to convince the Record labels to hate money.
Even though the industry has been such a mess i think a lot of good can come from it. The consumers, being fed up, now have a more open mind. This leaves the gate wide open for new companies to come in and innovate.
In my opinion the company that will succeed will be the one who puts the consumer and artist first, and the money second. This, being impossible for big record labels, means their imminent demise. But for young startups who can pull this off, this will be a great time period.
Has anyone ever compared illegal file sharing to a Hydra? no matter how many times the head is chopped off, two appear in its place. If i remember correctly, Hercules, after chopping off a few heads realized that he had to do something DIFFERENT to kill it. I wish the RIAA would see this.
Note: This analogy would imply that the RIAA is Hercules, which could not be farther from the truth.
its like, instead of trying to whack-a-mole, you should develop a new strategy that does not involve chasing the mole. Like a pinball machine, you give the ball a whack (let the file be shared) and it does the work for you (advertising itself and creates awareness)