Thursday, December 02, 2010

Age of Music Piracy Over?

Another interesting article about online music. Now what about movies and television series?

The Age of Music Piracy Is Officially Over

 Illustration: Brock Davis
Illustration: Brock Davis
Mark down the date: The age of stealing music via the Internet is officially over. It’s time for everybody to go legit. The reason: We won. And all you audiophiles and copyfighters, you know who fixed our problems? The record labels and online stores we loved to hate.
Granted, when Apple launched the iTunes Music Store in 2003 there was a lot to complain about. Tracks you bought on computer A often refused to play on gadget B, thanks to that old netizen bogeyman, digital rights management. (It’s crippleware!) My local Apple store was actually picketed by nerds in hazmat suits attempting to educate passersby on the evils of DRM.
Well played, protesters: In January 2009, Apple announced that it would remove the copyright protection wrapper from every song in its store. Today, Amazon and Walmart both sell music encoded as MP3s, which don’t even have hooks for copyright-protection locks. The battle is over, comrades.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Leon said...

I guess this begs the question, are the musicians better off and are the consumers better off?

3:49 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

Hi Leon,

This reminds to be seen.

Remember when they promises us cheaper eBooks because they explained, the bulk of the costs of publishing comes from printing, distribution and storage? And when initially launched ebook retails for less than USD 10?

No more. Distributors and publishers have retracted their statement on where the cost of publishing lies and now on amazon.com a new ebook can cost as much as USD20-30, almost the same cost as hardcopies. What happened to integrity?

6:16 PM  

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