April 19, 2004
Music of the fears
Lazy Guide to Net Culture: Music of the fears (Scotsman.com)
The music industry is dying, apparently. It is being killed by amoral reprobates who get songs for nothing from the internet. (For a list of the places where you can carry out such nefarious acts, check out
The effects of this have been devastating, as can be seen from the obvious poverty of the likes of Madonna, Elton John and Ronan Keating.
Posted by James at April 19, 2004 11:58 AM
Of course the point isn't that it's ruining the industry it's that it is ILLEAGLE!!
Whether it is illegal or not is not completely clear.
In Canada, for example, there was
this interesting story
Here in USA, it is illegal, although there are people who would disagree with me on that. Perhaps if someone had as many lawyers as the RIAA, they might be able to make a better case against the RIAA. But the people aren't copying music because they think it's legal. They're copying it because they want the music.
I'd like to pay for all my music. I wish I could pay the artists more directly, becasue I frankly think the music industry does a lousy job.
Additionally, I think they've twisted the law and they're so paranoid about file copying that even when you legally buy electronically-encoded music, the copy restrictions make the music almost useless to me.
I've bought tracks from iTunes. I lost them wehen I had to reinstall my system. I have to beg Apple if I want them back. iTunes on Win2K did not do very well burning disks, but I didn't have the choice to listen to them on my MP3 CD player because the tracks were encrypted and not in MP3 format.
Digital Rights Management, as it exists today, sucks.
If i had an iPod maybe I would keep buying iTunes tracks, because I would have an easy way to listen to them. But i don't have an iPod and the music industry's imposed DRM makes it a pain in the ass for me to listen to music I've paid for. (Yes -- I've paid for the music as part of an agreement with a license that allows certain uses. My problem is that those uses are too restrictive and they rely on technology which is unstable. The restrictions prevent me from working around instability.)