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IT-Director: The [MP3] hippies bite back!

Jun 08, 2000, 13:16 (9 Talkback[s])
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"After all the hype about Metallica suing Napster and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) taking out law suits against both Napster and MP3.com, the boot is now, if only temporarily, on the other foot."

"...MP3Board.com has this week announced that it is suing the RIAA over its right to offer hypertext links to MP3 files. As it points out, the use of hypertext links is exactly what portals like Lycos do and the question is whether a search engine (which is effectively what MP3Board.com is) supplier is required to edit the hyperlinks it supports to other sites."

"The truth is that it doesn't much matter what you think about the rights or wrongs of the case. The momentum is overwhelmingly with the MP3 sites. The vandals are at the gates of Rome and there is nothing that the music companies can do to stop them. Even if MP3 sites were to be banned in the USA they will simply up roots and set up in Sweden or Tonga or wherever is convenient. This is a classic case of the Internet creating a new delivery channel and the dinosaurs of the music industry being too slow to wake up to the fact. Instead of trying to fight MP3 the industry should be trying to control it and turn it to its advantage. Consider the benefits: no costly record stores, no manufacturing costs, no delivery charges. MP3 isn't a problem: it's an opportunity."

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