OK we had some time to look at this one *apser has come and gone and now we are dealing with direct P2P networks like *azaa & *orpheus. We have all heard the record industry cry how much money they are loosing. But also remember how areas that have the greatest number of file swapping have had the greatest # of sales. Now the record co’s are stating that their revinue has dropped from 40 bill to 25 bill.
I don’t doubt that their revinue has dropped but 2 things that makes me suspect as to where they place their blame, the 1st as pointed out above is that sales have increased with increased file swapping, at least innitially. And 2nd is the dot-com bubble burst late 99 and people just don’t have the money to buy luxery items anymore and music CD’s fall into that catagory.
So I think the RIAA is using this as an excuse to shut down file swapping.
**Now This is very importaint:
1 - this is not about the morality of file swapping.
2 - this is not about the legality of file swapping.
3 - this is not about the constitutionality of the DMCA.
4 - this is not about the right of the RIAA to enfore the copywrite laws
5 - this is not about the questionable marketing practices of the RIAA
It is ONLY about does file swapping lead to an increase in sales or a decrease in sales?**
If the RIAA wants to enforce their copywrte in a way that actually reduces their revinue, that is their decision to make and is not the point of this thread.