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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Music Piracy Scheduled to End

Music Piracy Scheduled to End

Music Piracy Scheduled to End

Added: Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Each time people see a provocative headline, they must understand that it will be able to generate many readers along with lively debate. At the same time, such headline can do a poor job of explaining what an article is about. A recent example of such article is Paul Boutin’s one, published in the December edition of Wired. The article is now available on the Internet, entitled ambitiously: “The Age of Music Piracy Is Officially Over.” Everyone considering the headline can assume that the author was making a very interesting but improper observation relating to the current state of online file-sharing.


Meanwhile, the item mentioned in the headline is not the only one that the author argues about. He claims that it’s time for everybody to “mark down the date: the age of stealing music through the Internet is officially over and we need to go legit”. In short words, the author is sure that if you look back at what file-traders usually say publicly in order to justify their actions (starting back from the Napster days of 2000), including reasons like poor audio quality, high prices, DRM, and lack of good catalogs, you will understand that all these reasons no longer exist. He also explains what has changed since then: high-bitrate DRM-free tracks are now sold at low cost, all large services offer massive catalogs, and even let bigger part of revenues to go to the creators themselves. In fact, it seems like Paul Boutin wants file-sharers to admit they have received everything they were complaining about. Now, the author points out, the only reason left for piracy is unwillingness to pay.

While the article itself has generated plenty of angry comments and thoughtful responses, both the author and his readers have missed something that can go much deeper into the current dynamic of music file-sharing. On the one hand, pirated content is in fact cheaper from the author’s perspective, who judges piracy immoral because it ignores the will of music creators to be contributed for providing digital copies of their works. On the other hand, when examined from an economic viewpoint, it can be seen that music file-sharers are quite rational actors paying only for the tangible values like laptops and concert tickets, but not ready to pay for the copyable ones. This means that unless the entertainment industry and the government turn the web into something it currently isn’t, the thing will go this way and piracy will never die.

December 9th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Comments (22) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-12-09 14:19:20)
No avatarId like to turn that around and say officially that the Music "sharing" age has begun, so here we go with round two.

posted by (2010-12-09 14:45:37)
DEMONLORD avatarlol, agree with 1

posted by (2010-12-09 16:12:04)
No avatarMusicians have ALWAYS been getting raped of their music. Most of us would rather our music be shared on the Internet, than have people pay crazy prices for a CD, & only get 12 cents/ copy. The only people mad at music piracy are the major record labels, which are irrelevant these days anyway! Long live music sharing!!!

posted by (2010-12-09 17:04:24)
BenjaWiz avatar"Musicians have ALWAYS been getting raped of their music."??? not true they have been making record profits even more now when Apples ITunes came online. Look at the nice cars they drive, clothes they wear the MTV Cribs LOL.

posted by (2010-12-09 17:08:54)
BenjaWiz avatarWhen it comes to morality it's a belief and subjective because everyone has their own view of what's right and whats wrong or gray. Then society has it's own moral beliefs that they try to push on everyone which is wrong in some cases.

posted by Site FriendKitty (2010-12-09 18:03:41)
aSBo avatarI don`t think people should be sharing music & should have some sympathy for these millionaires... WTF it`s not like we are all losing jobs/houses :P i`m more than happy to fund artists such as George Michael for instance otherwise how will he afford coke & wank mags :D

posted by (2010-12-09 20:31:19)
No avatar"Musicians have ALWAYS been getting raped of their music."

I think the point he is making is that from day dot Record Labels have been ripping off the artists. This is where their argument falls flat for me. Just say it's illegal, we are bad people, that's all there is to it, we shouldn't be doing it, but they don't want to get embroiled in calling people criminals, not good for profits? So they say we are stealing the $$ from the poor artists mouth. What they mean to say is, we are stopping "THEM" from stealing the $$ from the poor artists mouth.

Once they start with this line of talk I flick em the bird. They couldn't give two hoots about the artist and never have. If they did, Music wouldn't be stuck in the Hip-Hop Hell hole that it seems to have been stuck in for 15 years.

"coke & wank mags"

That's just good comedy :)

posted by (2010-12-09 20:49:46)
rdb666 avatarHard to feel bad for a musician who charges 75 to over 500 for a decent ticket to see a concert. F*ck cd sales, this is where they get filthy stinking rich, as for up and comers, the object is to have your music in the hands of the masses, ...no better way to do this than file sharing...after all, the more people that have heard what you put out, the more likely you are to become successful. Having a cd sit collecting dust in the bargain bin at WalMart is obviously working wonders for lesser known acts. Word of mouth becomes exponentially more effective when the physical product can be sampled. I could tell you how tasty that cheesecake was at Safeway, but if only they had a little old lady handing it out for free so you could taste for yourself...hmmm..wait a minute. While we are at it why don't we make it law that everytime a house sells after a carpenter has built it he gets paid with every sale of that house. Instead of fighting an issue they can never win, they should embrace file sharing and use it to their advantage, ...my 2 cents

posted by (2010-12-09 21:44:20)
batkid avatarIt's well known that musicians make the majority of their profits from touring. Sure, they get a small percentage from selling records but that's what it is - small. Most of the profits from the albums go elsewhere within the record company. Their main money comes from the concerts and festivals. It's the reason artists are coninually on the move, why big names such as Take That or U2 are out there on these big tours, and why DJs are playing the clubs every weekend.

Sure, I feel bad about 'stealing' music but, at the same time, I often download things before I buy them. I used to walk into a shop and purchase albums at random in the hope I'd find something new. Now I do the same thing but for free and, when I discover one I like, I buy the album and usually go and see the band live.

posted by Site FriendKitty (2010-12-09 21:59:58)
aSBo avatar#8 kasabian: pleased it was appreciated :)

posted by (2010-12-09 23:42:08)
AllTraps avatarHow's this for moral...I'm all for tossing a few bucks towards an up and coming artist. Once they're known, every other album I'm a DL for free.

posted by (2010-12-10 03:43:57)
K1LLJOY avatarThis is the age of the true free market in movies,games,music everything will be free and only the best will survive bring on the evolution/correction.

posted by (2010-12-10 04:24:29)
uax4it avatarlol they cant even stop them from hacking the pentagon. so good luck trying

posted by (2010-12-10 04:32:47)
ET_THE_PLACE_TO_BE avatarLMAO @ BenjaWiz Yeah they sure do flash the bling. Better hope there greatest hits cds dont start coming out then they will go bankrupt then you see them on cops.

posted by (2010-12-10 04:48:21)
No avatarThey most certainly haven't started giving us good audio quality, unless you exclusively listen to classical.
Loudness war rages on as strong as ever, brickwalled music with no dynamic range that sounds like trash..

The music industry doesn't deserve money as it is, I have found VERY few albums that weren't wrecked by the loudness war stupidity and most (actually, probably safe to say all) of them are not mainstream (in other words, unpopular).
24/96 stuff tends to have decent non-loudness war mastering (hence creating the illusion of sounding better) but honestly, it's a waste of space, 16/44 sounds the same if it's actually done properly!

Even if I was a millionaire, I wouldn't buy this intentionally degraded crap, FU RIAA!

That, and many digital stores don't offer lossless, and grossly overcharge when they do. Bandwidth is cheap, and they mark it way up.

posted by (2010-12-10 12:14:04)
Brynn217 avatarOne other problem that exists is that Congress and the RIAA and other people still insist that Internet P2P Copyright violations are a problem. Piracy itself is not the problem! It has been well documented that the profits for those individuals that create music and/or films have increased over the recent years. They have failed to prove how the so called theft hurts them? Movie’s that have been leaked to internet before their actual release have still done quite well in their box office proceeds, RED and CASE 39, two movies that came out this year are such examples. The previewing that occurs online actually adds to the revenue because word of mouth causes more people to go see a “GOOD” movie in the theater. Same happens in the music industry, It has become a widely known fact that most music artist only receive $29 for every $1000 sold per album release, their money comes mainly from Live performances and merchandising. The word of mouth that occurs with the internet preview of their music adds to the number of people who attend their shows to see them live as well as sells of their items in stores like Hot Topic. Many music groups and one record Label in Europe have already started using the internet to allow people to freely download their music. They have already made millions by asking, “if you like what you have downloaded, please donate to the artist $10…here is the address.”

The problem with the industry is that they, the producers and middlemen, refuse to embrace this new technology and threaten to run themselves into bankruptcy because they refuse to embrace this new marketing model and continue to create worthless films and music they we, as a public, must purchase before finding out that we’ve been swindled. They would rather sue everyone, from 13 year old little girls to 86 year old grandmothers to achieve their goals of making a living off other people’s creations. They want to cost the taxpayers of the world and/or ISP subscribers, millions in their efforts to police the internet. They will destroy the freedom of the internet by controlling who has access, at what speeds they can access and what information and data is available and free to access. The only way to end internet Piracy would be to embrace this new model and allow free access on the internet...

posted by ET junkiemen (2010-12-10 18:01:21)
milo33 avatar@ 10. Nail on the head, Batkid,
Thanx SaM.

posted by (2010-12-11 01:30:12)
DaleeeJ avatarCheers to round 2 hehehe :-)

posted by (2010-12-11 07:42:42)
N3K avataranother gr8 read tyvm (:

posted by Blocked (2010-12-12 04:06:46)
Nodurxshn avatarhow is it wrong to listen to something i had no intetion of buying no different than if im in a friends car and he has the cd playing is that piracy?..its not like im gonna use this album for profit gains im gonna maybe listen to it if i like it listen to it a little more if not delete..im not a music collector or a huge fan of music where i need to share it with all my friends physically..if anything im free advertising..word of mouth is and always will be a powerful marketing technique and its silly how many millions of people have no idea how to download music were deep into the digital cusp of technological development and my grandma still asks me if i can get her the "neil diamond cd" so do i steal i dont think so i sample to see what im missing!

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-12-12 11:05:20)
fusseltier avatarits not the unwillingness to pay, its the terrible music made, and most are samples and remakes of older stuff.
hardly any bands, groups, or whatever you want to call them have any talent, and are all flash or trying to look cool or gangster, but have no real talent.
the only real reason to download is to get copies of things you already bought at least once in your life already and don't want to keep paying for something you bought at least once already in the past.
not to mention, getting something that isn't on the market anymore and have no choice but to download it.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-12-12 11:11:14)
fusseltier avatarif you want to talk about greed, just watch gene simmons family jewels. that guy is the most greedy person in the world, regardless if he is jewish or not.
he is always looking for more ways to make money and charge people, but you never see anything about him giving or being charitable on the show. i was surprised he even spent money on shannon for their honeymoon/seminar he did, and of course he wouldn't have even given her the so called honeymoon if he wasn't doing his business there to begin with.
i grew up with kiss as my favorite band, but he really has turned into more than the demon, he is a monster.
i hope his kids let their music available online and let it make money the way the other bands that use the internet to get their music out, instead of his greedy maniacal ways.

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