A President Tries to Settle the Controversy Over File Sharing

Scorr Carlson, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, May 16, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Penn State's Graham Spanier asks the music industry, "Why not pay a record-industry-approved music service a yearly, blanket fee, Mr. Spanier wonders, and let students download songs as they please?" Here's why: the music industry gets unfairly high prices for its music. Independents and unsigned artists don't get a dime. The file sharing issue isn't just about money. It's about control. Even if they get money, if they lose their monopoly over the distribution of music, the music publishers have lost. And they know it. (p.s. the same argument applies in academic publishing.)
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