People like simple answers. We like to be told what is right, what is true, and what is wrong. If the issue is complex, we can get confused - so in an information-overloaded world, it's always much easier to ingest a black-and-white view of complex questions. So it is when discussing illegal music downloading. Or, piracy, in the parlance of our times.
(2 months and 1 day ago)
Steve Jobs is often credited for offering a revolutionary way to curb music piracy. It wasn’t to drag music fans into court, saddling them with crippling debt and legal fees. It wasn’t about convincing ISPs to institute a copyright alert system to hassle users. No, the Apple co-founder had a much simpler solution: Jobs believed you could convince people to obtain legitimate...
(2 months and 27 days ago)
Piracy is portrayed as many things by many people. For the content industries, it’s portrayed as theft, despite that being legally inaccurate. For a subset of the free culture movement, piracy is just an expression of the adage that “information wants to be free”. For many, it’s a moral outrage. For some, it’s the only practical way they can access content, either because...
(3 months and 10 days ago)
Forgive us if we sound a little wearied by this whole thing, but once again empirical research has found that neither piracy nor legal streaming hurts digital music sales. This study is a little different - the European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies used behaviour-based data from over 16,000 European internet users to work out whether visits to...
(2 months and 8 days ago)
Rock and roll superstar Neil Young continued his fight against digital music this week when he compared the widespread acceptance of online piracy to the way fans used to discover music on the radio. Young, who has yet to slow down as he grows older, has also been vocal about the plummeting sound quality that comes with each new widely adopted audio technology.
(3 months and 14 days ago)
After 10 years of reshaping music, iTunes faces new challenges combined News Services Published Apr 28, 2013 12:18AM MDT When Apple launched its iTunes music store a decade ago amid the ashes of Napster, the music industry — reeling from the effects of online piracy — was anxious to see how the new music service would shake out. “The sky was falling, and iTunes provided a...
(26 days ago)
When Apple launched its iTunes music store a decade ago amid the ashes of Napster, the music industry — reeling from the effects of online piracy — was anxious to see how the new music service would shake out.
(30 days ago)
Music sales are going up for the first time in 14 years and piracy is going down, largely because it is stupid-easy to hear any song you want without being a digital thief. “The music industry has adapted to the ...
(2 months and 28 days ago)
ILLEGAL music downloading by American consumers fell last year, continuing a trend from 2005, a survey showed.
(2 months and 27 days ago)
How do you stop piracy? Super Meat Boy developer Tommy Refenes has a simple answer: you don’t. He’s written an interesting blog piece where he argues that piracy is a fact of the modern gaming industry, but that’s it’s ultimately not harmful, and that digital rights management is just about the worst way to go about preventing it. Instead, he argues, respecting paying...
(2 months and 7 days ago)
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