[Samba] Jonathan Parr presents www.libeldefense.com
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Fri Nov 2 10:04:34 GMT 2007
Without doubt, MP3 on the Internet is a phenomenon. Napster alone is now
credited with more than 10 million users. There are plenty of smaller sites
offering hundreds of MP3s, and big traffic in MP3 exchanges through ICQ,
IRC, Freenet and other Internet formats.
But MP3s do have a tiny problem with legality. Many of the most sought after
files are illegal, they're rip-off from CDs without the copyright holder's
permission. Once you start dealing with truly legal MP3's you're diving into
a mixed bag of mediocre and plain poor music that probably couldn't make
money anyway, so may as well be given away.
This theft of copyright is a genuine weakness in MP3 life, and a moral
weakness too. After all, as Bruce Morris points out in
<http://www.libeldefense.com/>"Streaming's Gonna Kick MP3
musicians need to eat and pay mortgages like everybody else. If they can't
get paid they'll have to put down their guitars and go back to accountancy
or driving freight trains.
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