Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Copy, Rip, Burn...: Well, it had been quiet for too long, so the recording industry decided to go after its prime enemy: the college student. As the NYT reports, many of industrious college students have been rigging their own websites to allow for campus-wide sharing of music files. While these web entrepreneurs were no doubt the envy of their peers, and probably had their fair share of groupies (hey, it beasts "wanna come up and see my loft?"), the recording industry was less than charmed. One is struck by the arguments offered by the student body; that the industry is "crazy" and doesn't recognize "the future of music." Hmmmm, would that be the future when everything is free? In any event, the more one runs this issue around the cranium, the more one realizes that there's very little justification for "peer-to-peer file sharing." Certainly blaming the record industry or the artists for "making too much money" can't be a rationale. If that were the case, we should all be entitled to free cars (fortunately, airline seats would be exempt). In the end, and once Congress and the courts can get over the national security phase, I think file-sharing goes the way of the Tyrannosaurus Rex (or T.Rex -- and I thank you...).