Friday, October 06, 2006

Is the Tide Turning?

Is the tide turning for the Music industry? They've coralled the pirates, threatened consumers and grimly held on to their turf, withstanding the furious digital onslaught. But will they actually beat the unstoppable force that is the consumer?

Victor Keegan writes in the Guardian " The recording industry's imposition of its own contract law - which can last forever - on top of the laws of copyright can, as the British Library has pointed out, override "fair use" provisions and even end copies for the disabled. The government should resist industry pressures to nail down costly long-term restrictions when the digital revolution is making content cheap and accessible." (read the article here)

Once consumers really start voicing their feelings will the unweildy economics of the Internet drive a wedge through the current models and margins of the recording industry?


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