I agree with Roy. Internet Piracy, for music or video games, is a clear indicator of something being wrong, or at least not optimal, in the business model.
For exaple: the Steam platform from the Valve company. Valves games don't get pirated. You download steam for free, buy games quick and easy from that, and start downloading, and then play. Also, they do global releases, meaning games don't come out a few weeks or months later in other countries. Couple that with their steam community features and security features, and it makes more sense to just use Steam and pay for games.
For music, well, you can't really OWN an mp3 without being able to copy/send/proliferate it as you like. So, the whole buying CDs/indivudla mp3s model isn't going to last very long. Artists are already finding ways of getting around this. Take "In Rainbows" by Radiohead or "Ghosts I-IV" by Nine Inch Nails. all online ways of getting the music, with prices rangeing from free to 300 dollars to whatever you wanted to pay. Of course, that's easy for an established artist to do. The trick is what to do with new and upcoming artists.
And who knows what the answer is. My personal opinions is that it's certainly not the record company strategy. I think it'll look more like Webcomics, where you can have a living by creating some content for free (the webcomic/the music), and some for pay (hard copies of the comic, hard copies of the albums, T-shirts and other merch), and most importantly, a donations page.
The first step is getting public policy changed, and legalizing filesharing.
But if I stop bugging you I'll have to go back to arguing with Qwerty about whether beauty is truth and precisely what we both mean by 'purple'
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