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Do As I Say

An interesting article at the New York Times about filesharing. I don't have a lot to say about this in particular (since I don't use things like Kazaa or whatever.) I'm more interested in the underlying issues of "intellectual property" and copyright. That sort of stuff.

There are a couple of telling quotes in the article (is it ok to cut and paste this in here?):

As their favorite musicians recombine digital samples to create new music, downloaders recombine digital songs in new contexts.

"I don't think they think of it as copying music," said Joe Levy, deputy managing editor of Rolling Stone. "It's a very individual experience for them. They want the songs they want in the order they want. Then it becomes not the new Mary J. Blige album, but their own mix. It's a much more individual package of music. Kids view it as an interactive and creative act."

Having it "your way" IS the american way. When are the record companies going to realize that their business model no longer works with the way that consumers want to listen to music? At least Apple gets it now (finally someone gets it...) What do they say at Burger King? "have it your way?" The american consumer has come to expect that they WILL have it their way. The record industry should be cashing in on this rather than sueing their customers.

Later there's a bit where a record exec is caught stealing intellectual property (doh!): ...discussing his research with an executive at a media organization that has been very aggressive about trying to discourage file-sharing. When Mr. Bernoff asked the executive how he had gotten the report, which Forrester sells for $895, the man hesitated.

"They got a copy from one of the studios," Mr. Bernoff said. "Here is an organization that's saying that stealing hurts the little people, and they took our intellectual property and they shuttled it around like a text file."

New York Times: Beyond File-Sharing, a Nation of Copiers



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