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Technocrat.net: An Open Letter to the RIAA

Mar 02, 2000, 20:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Coleman)

"For quite a while, I've been faintly aware of the Napster/mp3 phenomenon, and the consequent buzzing from the recording industry, as represented by the RIAA. I understood in a general way what Napster is (Napster makes it easy to find mp3's, blah, blah, blah), but I didn't get it. I was like a monkey watching a microwave."

"In response to a query about the bandwidth requirements of Napster, I downloaded a client and tried it out. After ten minutes of using it, the light went on in my head. Wow. Big wow. As a software engineer, I'm not much impressed by most software, but Napster is simply awesome. It's easily the best idea I've seen this year."

"... you have a general right to control and profit from your product. But that right, wielded as a giant hammer to smite your customers, isn't very useful in itself..."

"The irony here is that the harder you squeeze, the less profit there will ultimately be to pass on to your artists and shareholders."

"... the answer must include all of the significant benefits of Napster. Punitive technologies like SDMI are no good. You can't put the cat back in the toothpaste tube..."

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