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“Hmm, what can we do to INCREASE file sharing?”

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“I know – we’ll threaten to sue them all, alienate everyone and watch the files fly!” Good thinking RIAA:

    The Recording Industry Association of America’s announcement on June 25 that it will start tracking down and suing users of file-sharing programs has yet to spook people, say developers of these applications.

    “Forget about it, dude — even genocidal litigation can’t stop file sharers,” said Wayne Rosso, president of Grokster, one of several systems that allow users to upload and download files — many of which are unauthorized MP3 copies of songs published by the RIAA’s member companies. Rosso said file-trading activity among Grokster users has increased by 10 percent in the past few days. Morpheus, another file-trading program, has seen similar growth.

    Maybe MP3 downloaders are interpreting the recording industry’s threat — an escalation from its earlier strategy of targeting file-sharing developers — as a sort of “last call” announcement.

    ….the number of users seems to have grown last week.

    “Anytime you get media attention, you get people interested to try it out,” said Michael Weiss, chief executive of Streamcast Networks Inc., which developed Morpheus.

    Weiss said he’s also seen a surge of postings on Morpheus message boards from users who are ticked off at being in the RIAA’s cross hairs. “People are just outraged at the actions of the recording industry,” he said. “I’ve got people saying they want to organize groups to boycott buying CDs now.”

    Weiss said the recording industry should lobby for special taxes on CD burners and Internet access as a way to recoup losses incurred from file sharing, an idea that Grokster’s Rosso also supports. [Washington Post]

It’s the only long-term solution, like it or not.

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  • DiscoLoveGrapes

    Yeah..that’ll work…until the next wave of technology comes out that makes file-swapping even more anonymous. When the RIAA quits blaming everyone but themselves for poor records sales, they may have a chance at turning things around. But not until then.

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    Ack, phipth, we already have taxes on CDRs here in Canada, and nothing has gone to musicans (who, almost always do not own their copyrights).

    Maybe if the majors made their music available for download at a fair price and with decent service, then they could save their bacon. It is a classic case of a black market, which would disappear if it was made legitimate. But then they would have to compete in an open market, and the RIAA just doesn’t have clue one about anything which doesn’t involve lobbying, payola and theft.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Oh, HELL no: Weiss said the recording industry should lobby for special taxes on CD burners and Internet access as a way to recoup losses incurred from file sharing, an idea that Grokster’s Rosso also supports.

    I’ma second Mr. Carruthers here. There are LOTS of things they could do, but they would require creative thinking and entrepreneurship- you know, all that stuff you’re supposed to do in a free market economy.

  • mike

    So essentially Weiss is asking the government to tax consumers (who’ll pay in higher prices) so that he can continue to make money off illegal file trading. What a sleazeball.

  • Eric Olsen

    Interesting to see the condemnation from every political direction – that’s a good sign. If you do not want onerous governmental-sanctioned incursions into your digital privacy, if you want the free flow of information including files containing copyrighted information, if you want the artists to get paid (will have to whole new system to get it to the artists and songwriters rather than the labels), then this is ultimately the only way.