Re: When is an MP3 file like a lighthouse?

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Wed Oct 24 2001 - 17:32:38 MDT

On Wed, 24 Oct 2001, Bryan Moss wrote:

> Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> > > So it's a little too soon to assume that the music
> > > industry as we know it is a corpse.
> >
> > While this author's explanations aren't very rigorous (which
> > is to be expected for public-consumption prose), the basic
> > facts are hard to avoid. Any industry that currently
> > _relies_ on the excludability of content is on its deathbed.
> > Encryption may provide a few last gasps, but it cannot solve
> > the basic problem (for those who see it as a problem :-)
> I think obscurity is a better bet than encryption. Music and
> other linear media are very easily captured and any attempts
> at anti-piracy will inevitably fail. It only takes one kid
> working at a music store who has the technical know-how to
> redistribute all the newest releases throughout the Internet.
> This already happens with software. However, after the
> illicit copies are out there, the average music buyer needs to
> be aware of them and be able to download them. At the moment
> it's easier to get music from a P2P application than a
> legitimate source, this needn't be the case. With micro-
> payments it should be possible to not only sell legitimate
> digital copies but pay commission for referrals, just as
> Amazon does with its affiliates program, thus giving an
> incentive to websites to refer people to legitimate retailers.
> Ultimately, the entire experience - from discovering a new
> artist, to finding the particularly song you want, to
> purchasing it - will be controlled by a string of cooperating
> middlemen. The Internet gives far greater control over the
> whole process of promoting and selling an artist; it shouldn't
> be too hard to make sure that the majority of consumers are
> both unaware of illicit methods of obtaining digital media and
> would prefer the "genuine" version anyway.

Yes, exactly. That is indeed one of the business models of
the age of free content. And there are many more...

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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