A decade later the music industry's only solution to the Internet is to prosecute those who use the opportunity to get music in a simpler and more deversified way than any commercial/legal on- or offline shop can do.
At a recent hearing in the USA the only thing the media industry could come up with was policing the Internet. Quote from the New York Times:
One of the strongest possible measures was offered by Steven Soderbergh, who testified as a vice president of the Directors Guild of America. He proposed that the entertainment industry be “deputized to solve our own problems,” under a model that is being tried in France.And so on...
The solution is from a consumer's point of view extremely simple:
1 - Record companies, movie companies and such should get ALL the stuff in the vaults online for ALL the world to access. And in all qualities from compressed to linear.
2 - Get some new contracts written where the laws accept that as far as the Internet goes the planet is one entity, not a bunch of countries. That way any consumer anywhere can buy anuthing ... legally. And the person(s) who created the music/movie/whatever can be compensated.
The current state of things where numbskull countries make laws that give private companies the right to act as police is in my eyes just a way to keep alive an outdated way to market and and sell music/movies/whatever. Madness... Will the artist or consumer benifit? No. The companies? Yes. In the short run.
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I bought my first record in the late 60's. A vinyl single.
In the early 80's I read an article about this new thing called "CD" that would arrive soon and sound so much better than vinyl.
In the 90's I was surprised to find that the local stores were dumping vinyl and making room for CD-only shelves.
It's 2009 and even though I'm 50 this year I can see what's coming; Five years from now most of the music and movies will be sold online.
And I still can't find a legal copy online of that song I downloaded illegally more than 10 years ago...