The fight against pirates in the recordcompanies


There is much talk about pirates of these days, pirates from Somalia and the pirates of The Pirate Bay. Today, in about about 1 hour the verdict will fall at Stockholm tingrätt, it’s going to be one of the major events for many today, both supporters and opponents to the TPB.

I have many thoughts about this, both for and against file-sharing, but mostly I think that something must be done with the record industry. The record industry leaders want to become billionaires over night and do not care if artists suffer from bad contracts – should we accept this? I believe that this is core of the debate.

File-sharing will never be beaten, it will always be with us – technical geniuses can always find a way, such as water leaks in a house. A good example of this is when the record companies spend 2 years and several billion to develop a copy protection system and a youngster uses 12 minutes to break it. The day after the copy protection was launched a small code could help you break it. Many could not play the CD in the car or on the computer – it was a mess for the record company industry and they had to eventually change its policies.

In my opinion file-sharing is not only to download free stuff, it is a uproar against the powerful forces that do what they will. When you buy a song or a cd you don’t want to decide how it play it? When you buy a channell-package, satellite or cable – wouldn’t you decide what type of screen you will use? Image that the cable company forced you to buy a 42-inch Samsung to watch your favourite channel, if you had the wrong TV you could not watch it – Would that be OK?

How much is left for the artist on a cd sale? There is not much – the record companies and distribution will take most of the cake. They want to earn big money, it is why they exist – they are not charity organizations. Do they have too much power? What if all artists released their music on the net and placed a ‘Donate’ button next to it, like a known band did? I think the artist would earn more money than ever.

In my opinion,the record companies should either change their prices or they have to reconsider their position – the verdict today will not solve their problem, whatever happens to The Pirate Bay. Hundreds of similar services are out there, TPB is only a pebble in the sky.
Link to articles : DB, VG, SVD, TV2.

Øyvind Lasse Høysæter

Born in 1971, fell in love with computing in 1983 because of Sinclair's masterpieces. Continued on the magic surrounding the C64, Amiga and moved to the PC world in 1990. Loves science fiction, programming, astronomy, my family and my job. (developer) :)

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