Monday, September 15, 2003


Crackdown May Send Music Traders Into Software Underground  

Crackdown May Send Music Traders Into Software Underground: "Crackdown May Send Music Traders Into Software Underground

ome people may well be intimidated by the 261 lawsuits that the music industry has filed against Internet users it says are illegally sharing songs.
But hundreds of software developers are racing to create new systems, or modify existing ones, to let people continue to swap music — hidden from the prying eyes of the Recording Industry Association of America, or from any other investigators.

'With the R.I.A.A. trying to scare users around the world, the developer community is pumping up to create networks which are safer and more anonymous,' said Pablo Soto, a developer in Madrid who designed the software for two file-sharing systems, Blubster and Piolet.
Some experts wonder if the industry's efforts will create more trouble for it than ever. 'The R.I.A.A. is breeding antibiotic-resistant bacteria,' said Clay Shirky, a software developer who teaches new media at New York University. "

Well, I think we can pretty well guarantee that ANYTHING the RIAA does right now is going to cause them trouble. Except, of course, the things that would work. The sad part is that the RIAA thinks that their current actions will A) stop music piracy, and B) keep more money flowing into their pockets than would be the case if they lowered the price of CD's and cooperated in selling music (also at reasonable prices) over the net.

I still recommend to people that they look at my earlier blog for the URL to the RIAA membership list and take apporpriate action (or NON-action).

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