April 17, 2004

Battle of Information & Ideas

Verlyn Klinkenborg nicely summarizes recent news in the recording industry's battle against file sharing:

But this isn't just a legal battle, of course. It's a battle of information and ideas. A new book from Lawrence Lessig called "Free Culture" makes a forceful, cogent defense of many forms of file sharing. And perhaps worst of all from the industry's perspective a new academic study prepared by professors at Harvard and the University of North Carolina concludes, "Downloads have an effect on sales which is statistically indistinguishable from zero." This directly counters recording industry claims that place nearly all the blame for declining CD sales on illegal file sharing.

Posted by James Zellmer at April 17, 2004 9:37 PM | Subscribe to this site via RSS:
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