Will the RIAA win?

By Derek Sooman on June 14, 2006, 1:46 PM
You can see why file sharing on the Net scares the Hell out of the RIAA and the MPAA. After all, when Napster started up in 1999, CD sales fell as much as 30 per cent. For some reason, people all over the place who previously had no clue how to use things like IRC and FTP and had only a basic understanding of using a browser were suddenly Napster ninjas. The situation only got worse when Kazaa appeared, and when Bittorrent was released it just got easier and easier to reliably get what you wanted.

After Napster was released and became popular, the RIAA pressed Congress and the courts for relief against what it said was uncontrolled, extensive piracy. Congress agreed that file sharing services could be liable for piracy by their users, so the RIAA started to send letters to the likes of BearShare, WinMX and Grokster, telling them to wise up or shut down. And shut down many of them did.

Now, the RIAA claims that unauthorized song swapping has been "contained." They contend that although the problem has not been eliminated, a lot of progress has been made. And maybe they are right. They have sued just over 18,000 individuals for sharing songs online, removed the profiteers from online piracy, and have been successful in educating file sharers (including children) about copyright. Suddenly, pinching songs from the Net for free just doesn’t feel so right any more.

Does this mean that, one day soon, illegal file sharing on the Net will practically be non-existent? Is the life just draining out of it? Will the RIAA win?

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nathanskywalker said:
[quote] Congress agreed that file sharing services could be liable for piracy by their users[/quote] I'm so glad they agree. Good to know our people in washington know what they're talking about. I mean, it would be just horrible if these decisions were made by a bunch of people who don't even know how to "program" a vcr. Good to know we are in good hands. they're just to fast[quote]the Supreme Court ruled that the services could be liable for piracy by their users[/quote]Good thing they're so far ahead of us, the problem should be under wraps in no time.
AtomicMatter said:
I've said it before and I'll say it again, cameras can be used to make illegal child porn which is, hmmmmm, worse than file sharing I think.I hope for a future that includes P2P software for legal practises. Online hosting is expensive. While P2P software is currently used mostly for illegal file sharing, it can be used as a cheap alternative to hosting open software, media and documents, without the requirement of FTP knowledge.[Edited by AtomicMatter on 2006-06-14 15:49:27]
canadian said:
If the music industry didn't want so much money for music, they wouldn't have this problem.
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