John von Seggern on Sat, 6 Jul 2002 16:20:37 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> music file-sharing update

Digital Cutup Press Release
4 Jul 2002


In the wake of the RIAA recently shutting down AudioGalaxy and
(seemingly) taking out the entire independent Webcasting sector in the
USA by imposing inflated fees and onerous record-keeping requirements
via the CARP legislation...for a dose of reality about the generally
positive effects of online music file-sharing, check out my brief paper
Music File-sharing: Impacts on the Music Industry.

The paper is online at

All I've done here is to draw together and summarize available research,
which strongly suggests that fans who trade music online tend to spend
more money (not less) on recorded music products such as CDs.

Most of the independent research which has been done on this topic
directly contradicts the industry's position, which blames file-sharing
for an alleged 5% drop in recorded music sales last year. (Didn't they
notice that many countries including the USA went into a recession last
year? Duh!) I strongly encourage others to link to this report to help
counter the RIAA propaganda campaign...the truth is out there...


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