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August 22, 2003
Is the Music War Becoming Like the Drug War?

Jon Healey/LATimes explains more on this: Man Pleads Guilty to Web Music Bootlegging (htm). It makes you wonder, though, about whether the latest from the RIAA/DoJ will cause music sharers to become like drug dealers, entrenched, and very difficult to stamp out. While not physically harmful as drug addiction is, drug selling/file sharing will never be completely eradicated because there will always be a market. Does file sharing enter the same realm as drug selling in the current subpoena climate? So do we sue everyone who file shares? Or make nice and find a market solution?

Overheard at a park bench at the pond in Central Park last week: 20ish woman on cell phone saying "...well I don't want to buy the CD because 90% of it's crap. I just want one song, so I stole it because they wouldn't let me buy it. But they are sending out 75 subpoenas a day! .... I know, I don't want to get caught downloading either but why don't they just let us buy it?" I didn't bother to explain that the RIAA is going after uploaders now, not downloaders.

Posted by Mary Hodder at August 22, 2003 09:37 AM | TrackBack

Yes, I can see the presidential candidate in 2016 "True, I experimented with file-sharing in college -- but I didn't inhale..."

Posted by: Tim on August 25, 2003 08:14 AM
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