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O'Reilly Network: Why the RIAA Is Fighting a Losing Battle

May 15, 2000, 21:54 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve McCannell)

"The Recording Institute Association of America (the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry) has been up in arms about the distribution of music online, claiming piracy and copyright infringement. As someone who has been keeping up with this thread, I believe their accusations do have validity, but their actions to fight this problem will not do much in their crusade."

"People who use the Internet to download music will always find a way around the RIAA, much like my dog always comes up with a way out of my backyard. Build up a new barrier, it will be dug under or jumped over eventually. They have the notion that they can control online music just like they have controlled the market in the past, while not accepting the fact that they are doing too little, too late."

"The RIAA has started a war, without seeing that the war has already been lost. There is too much technology, too many hungry music fans, and too many computer programmers. Most people who download music off the Internet have a passion for it. Ever since the MP3 format was introduced, it has been the format of choice for these music fans that now have access to thousands of songs and artists that they didn't have access to before. The lid has been lifted from the musical box that we have been living in, and now we have access to the music outside of the box."

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