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File/Music Sharing Part Deux

Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by Flounder, December 6, 2004.

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    1. Flounder

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      Just resurrecting an old debate in a new thread. I am all for legal file-sharing and music purchasing, but this does highlight some interesting news. Although, this probably cements the fact that its the recording industry, that is, the record companies, that have the biggest problem with P2P.

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      Survey: Net file-sharing doesn't hurt most musicians
      Monday, December 6, 2004 Posted: 10:09 AM EST (1509 GMT)

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Most musicians and artists say the Internet has helped them make more money from their work despite online file-trading services that allow users to copy songs and other material for free, according to a study released Sunday.

      Recording labels and movie studios have hired phalanxes of lawyers to pursue "peer to peer" networks like Kazaa, and have sued thousands of individuals who distribute copyrighted material through such networks.

      But most of the artists surveyed by the nonprofit Pew Internet and American Life Project said online file sharing did not concern them much.

      Artists were split on the merits of peer-to-peer networks, with 47 percent saying that they prevent artists from earning royalties for their work and another 43 percent saying they helped promote and distribute their material.

      But two-thirds of those surveyed said file sharing posed little threat to them, and less than one-third of those surveyed said file sharing was a major threat to creative industries.


      Only 3 percent said the Internet hurt their ability to protect their creative works.

      "What we hear from a wide spectrum of artists is that, despite the real challenges of protecting work online, the Internet has opened new ways for them to exercise their imaginations and sell their creations," said report author Mary Madden, a research specialist at the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

      The nonprofit group based its report on a survey of 809 self-identified artists in December 2003. The survey has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
       
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    3. huskyfan23

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      It's the record companies P2P hurts the most, artists don't see much from record sales. It's odd they're going after those sharing the files, and not those downloading. You can choose not to share.
       
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      i just did a paper on movie piracy...very interesting reasearching topics like this where piracy is involved, and the damn RIAA makes it seem like the world is going to come to an end
       
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      i heard a fact awhile back that the record companies can take down every sharing site in the US and it won't really change a thing because the rest of the world has the files and can support the internet demand. Basically they can chase whomever they want through the US courts but in the end they can't really touch the guy in china that has a library bigger than you can imagine. (just think about the huge pirate markets on software over there) Now yes, the US govt could in therory get in contact with foriegn governments to crack down but realistically the rest of the world just doesn't care about our poor suffering record companies and their $billions they are supposidly missing out on.

      Don't know if it is true but something i "heard" from you know "them".

      on a side note:
      The way i see it, record companies are missing the fact that downloads do not equal record sales. I have had many MP3's back in the day. And i still bought the CD's i wanted to buy and didn't buy the crap that was on the ones i didn't want to buy. I might download a current hit for gimics. But i am not going to go out and buy it, cause i really just don't need it that bad.
       
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      The only problem I have seen with it is the people who actually sell bootleg copies of everything. If I had not used the internet for finding about new music I'd be listening to Britney Spears and Fitty Cent. Television only plays certain people and not necessarily the people that I like. I've found songs by accident and have absolutely loved them. One example would be Taking Back Sunday and Home Grown. Two bands that I love and have boughten stuff from them but never if I didn't use the internet. I've even seen TBS in concert. I'd buy their merchandise and everything, but from what I hear, the way to support a band is not through purchasing CD's, but concerts and other merchandise.
       
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      I am not the kind of person that is really into music, I generally only listen to the radio when I am driving, and even then I prefer AM talk radio. I have only bought two or three cd's in my life, and although I have burnt several to play in the Explorer, I still wouldn't have bought any more if I didn't have that option. So p2p hasn't really cost them any business from me.
       
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      I really have to be 100% about a band before I think about buying a CD and still I need to know everything on it. Before very recently, I hadn't bought any CD's in probably 4 years.
       

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