By Jon Newton 2/25/04
Big Music is going full-out to gain complete and exclusive control of the burgeoning online music business.
On March 23 the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) launched another barrage of lawsuits designed to scare people who share music online into the hands of its owners, the Big Five record labels.
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In this latest attack, it's targetting
individuals it claims are 'pirating' music owned by Big Music, and students
in universities across the country.
Simultaneously, RIAA president Cary Sherman is trying
to convince the same students that Gosh, Big Music really hates dragging
them through the courts, but what choice does it have?
And in Britain the BPI has launched an instant
messaging campaign to threaten file sharing music lovers, echoing similar
- and notably unsuccessful - attempts by record label enforcement units in Canada
and the US to do the same.
But while Big Music churns out its grotesquely overpriced cookie-cutter 'product,'
in every minute of every day, four million simultaneous users around the world
are logged on to p2p networks.
Moreover, around BILLION (1,000,000,000) files are shared every month, says
Eric Garland, ceo of Big
And p2p file sharers have millions of music files from cultures and artists
all around the world to choose from, not just the 250,000 - 500,000 tired tracks
offered by the Big Music-backed online stores at a dollar a download.
Big Music's efforts to dominate p2p make one think of King Canute, sitting on his throne on the shoreline, commanding the sea to go back.
Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.
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