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Wired: Dueling Over Digital Music Rights

Feb 22, 2000, 16:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Jones)

" 'These are music fans, and there is a consumer revolt in that [Napster protest]. What they're revolting against are $20 records that have one song that they want,' said John Parres, an agent with Beverly Hills-based Artists Management Group. 'They want access to their music when they want it.' "

"Parres said Tivo and ReplayTV provide a similar service for video that has not been challenged, but Napster and MP3.com have been sued for their audio equivalents. 'But you've got media companies who don't understand that, and aren't responding to that. The real challenge here is to enable consumers and monetize that new behavior.' "

"Eventually, the record industry will figure out which distribution methods and business models work on the Web, he said. But in the meantime, the strategy seems to be to crack down on music pirates and any online business that pushes the envelope too far, too fast."

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