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[News] The MAFIAA is Basically Doomed, Just Like Proprietary Software and Newspapers

  • Subject: [News] The MAFIAA is Basically Doomed, Just Like Proprietary Software and Newspapers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:03:01 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Creative Destruction and Copyright

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| the newspaper industry is in the same death spiral as the recording industry, 
| without the lawbreaking that’s commonly blamed for the recording industry’s 
| troubles. And it seems to me that this poses a philosophical challenge to 
| DeLong’s theory that the problem is a lack of respect for “property rights.” 
| The decline of the newspapers is clearly a story of technological progress 
| producing increased competition and entrepreneurship—precisely the sort of 
| thing libertarians normally celebrate. The news business has gotten far more 
| competitive over the last decade, and we’re now seeing a normal shake-out 
| where the least efficient firms go out of business.        
| I think the fact that this is happening in an industry without a piracy 
| problem should give us second thoughts about blaming the decline of other 
| copyright industries on BitTorrent. The newspaper example suggests that even 
| if we could completely shut down peer-to-peer networks, we should still 
| expect the recording industry to decline over time as consumers gravitate 
| toward more efficient and convenient sources of music. Piracy obviously 
| accelerates the process, but the underlying problem is simply this: the 
| recording industry’s core competence, pressing 1s and 0s on plastic disks and 
| shipping them to retail stores, is rapidly becoming pointless, just as the 
| newspaper industry’s core competence of pressing ink on newsprint and 
| dropping them on doorsteps is becoming obsolete. Not surprisingly, when a 
| technology becomes obsolete, firms who specialize in exploiting that 
| technology go out of business.            



SXSW 2009 on BitTorrent: 6 GB of Free Music

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| The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most
| popular in the United States. For the fifth year in a row, SXSW has released
| a DRM-free, RIAA-safe collection of songs totaling 6 GB, which can all be
| downloaded for free, thanks to BitTorrent.

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