Wednesday, January 25, 2006

File Sharing

The topical escalation of media coverage besieging the demise of Napster has instigated widespread debate over the implications file sharing and the Internet will have for the record industry. Napster software allowed millions of users to share and download music mp3 files, which are of near CD quality, from each other's hard drives. This infringed copyright laws and provided a very real threat to both musicians and record companies alike. In response Napster was sued by the American heavy metal band Metallica, and then taken to court by The Recording Industry Association of America; where they were subsequently ordered to cease operating. Despite this verdict, many similar companies such as Grokster and Kazaa continue to offer file-sharing facilities and provide free access to copyrighted music.

"I did not - was not asked if I wanted to be part of Napster. I was not asked if Napster could throw our music into their system. That choice was taken away from me." Metallica's Lars Ulrich (Oct 10, 2000) CBS News

"This is not about now. No. This is about five years from now. This is about 10 years from now," he says. "So, if we are going to sell our music on the Internet, in whatever way we so choose, we cannot do that if the guy next door is giving it away for free." Metallica's Lars Ulrich (Oct 10, 2000) CBS News

In honor of Lars...

Metallica – Nothing else matters

Lucie Silvas - Nothing else matters

Oh yeah, I blatantly copied the first paragraph from the internet.

Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) on File sharing

AP: You've said that you don't see music file sharing as a threat, mainly because of quality issues?

Tweedy: That's just part of it. I don't think that the quality is the same. But I don't see it as a threat because I don't feel that it's a threat to have people more interested in music. I think what's happening with file sharing is that you have a lot more people hearing a lot more music, and I think more than anything else it has engendered an enthusiasm for music. It's a no-brainer that it should be embraced, that's kind the whole point of making music, to be heard. The only thing that stands in the way of making sense to most people is greed. ... File sharing sites don't just have new material, they have archival material, they have spoken word, they tons of material that I never had access to growing up. At their fingertips, people have all this amazing stuff, and I'd like to see what's going to come out of that in the future. If you shut that down, it's like closing a library.

Jeff Tweedy: pecan pie[mp3]
Jeff Tweedy: I can't keep from talking[mp3]
Jeff Tweedy: please tell my brother[mp3]


Blogger Luca Brasi said...

Pope- That cover was excellent, nice find.

9:54 PM  

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