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thesweetcheat
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Re: Fileshare and illegally download now!
Nov 21, 2009, 13:15
There are some very good points being made here and in the replies. Two things that I would say though:

1. This proposed legislation does not differentiate between sharing files of music that is already available to buy in shops/legally on-line and music that is otherwise unavailable and never likely to become so. This is where it becomes draconian in the extreme. You will criminalise people who are more than willing to buy the legally available product for the fact that they also obtain otherwise unavailable music "illegally". That is hard to justify and certainly won't do anything to support the music industry or artists.

2. There is a suggestion here that "the kids" do not value music in the same way that "we" do. I cannot agree with this. Music is as popular as it ever was, sales of ipods and viewing figures of X Factor alone indicate that. Interestingly, many teenagers are buying 7" singles (often of music they have also donwloaded) because they still love the cachet of having the physical product. Many of them don't even have anything to play the records on. See linked article on this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7750581.stm

CD sales are declining, but partly this is industry, rather than customer, driven. The HMV chain now prioritises games and DVDs. Buyers who want CDs won't find them there anymore and CDs have become increasingly marginalised partly because of this lack of highstreet availability.
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