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Posted by Championship_Vinyl at l1.wpalaw.org on October 09, 2003 at 12:44:28:

In Reply to: Re: Both. posted by on October 09, 2003 at 12:20:19:

: -So it is ok to make personal copies then, right? Because that isn't what the record industry thinks.

The recording instry is exactly that - an industry. Consequently, they're blowing every little detail out of proportion with a 'punish everyone within striking distance in order to alleviate the problem' philosophy, as industry as a whole is apt to do.

: -Right. And, the internet/filesharing is a MUCH more efficient way of doing business. So, rather than switch their antiquated distribution model, they are keep it the way it is, so that that don't lose their control of scarcity. Which, is the issue at hand, economically speaking. They set the price based on what they want, not what it is worth, and so the consumers lose. Period.

I don't disagree with filesharing being a more efficient way of doing business in this case. However, that would still lead to mass copyright infringment, because the music is still available through insecure means with a product that is, for all intents and purposes, intangible. I might also add that, again, it's an idustry, and their job is basically to MAKE consumers lose.

: -Right, and supporting their old fashioned distrubution model unnecessarily.

It's simply the concept of supply and demand at work, and the rules are always played by those who supply that demand.

: -Really? No way. Is it killing the leaches that have held artists under thumb forever and treated them like whores? Yep, and I am glad.

Calling the whole of the music industry leeches is unfair. Millions are employed by the industry itself... not only those who attend Board meetings, but as well as those who draw a paycheck from Sam Goodys everywhere. Look, I'm all for a new grassroots music distribution revolution. I'd welcome it with open arms, but to act as if recording artists are suffering as much as some let on is ridiculous.

We're just slightly on different sides of the fence here, and trust me, I understand exactly where you're coming from. I'm simply more of a quitter and pessimist than you, and have accepted my fate as a consumer.

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