Sunday, July 19, 2009

Music Industry Lures ‘Casual’ Pirates to Legal Sites; New York Times, 7/19/09

Eric Pfanner via New York Times; Music Industry Lures ‘Casual’ Pirates to Legal Sites:

"Record company executives say there are three kinds of music fans. There are those who buy music, and those who get a kick out of never paying for it. And then there are those whom Rob Wells at Universal Music Group calls “dinner party pirates”: the vast majority of listeners, those who copy music illegally because it is more convenient than buying it.

If those low-level copyright cheats could be converted to using legal music services, the digital music business would get much-needed help. Yet even industry executives acknowledge that until recently, they were not giving those listeners many ways to do what they wanted: to sample new music and to play it back anytime, at little or no cost."

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