Whatever Will Be Will Be Free on the Internet: I’ve always had two universal truths about music swapping:
The music industry better figure out a way to live with it, because there’s no way to stop it. You can’t stick toothpaste back in the tube. Close one music swapping outlet, and three more will pop up. The RIAA’s fight will never end.
At heart, that’s what just about everyone who opposes the RIAA is saying, I think. There’s not much wiggle room to say that it’s legal, because it’s not and everyone knows that.
The point that all the swappers are really getting at, is that the landscape of content distribution and intellectual property has changed, and Big Media better change their business model in a hurry.
This commentary says much the same thing.
…the heritage and design of the Internet present a particularly disruptive technology. Today’s global network had its origins in the research culture of academia with its ethos of freely sharing information.
And by design, the Internet turns every user in every living room into a mass distributor of just about anything that can be digitized, including film, photography, the written word and, of course, music. Already, Hollywood is trying to curb the next frontier, film swapping.
The inevitable advance of technology will make reading on digital tablets more convenient than reading on paper, so the publishers of books, magazines and newspapers have their worries as well. ‘Nobody is immune,’ observed Michael J. Wolf […]
This is the first nail in the coffin, and it proves that music swapping is having an effect. This shows that Big Media is wounded and it establishes the endgame — the entire concept of content distribution will change. How we get there is just details.