Does Downloading Hurt The Record Industry?

Record industry lawyers are involved in a case dealing with whether or not downloading of music winds up damaging the profitability of record manufacturers. Roger Wallis, of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) argued there was no justification to record industry claims that increased file sharing resulted in a decrease in music sales. “There are so many other factors which can affect album sales and the research shows that many downloaders actually consume more culture than others.” He believes the music industry is against file sharing because it destroys their current business model as people spend more money on concert sales and less buying records. “There is nothing to indicate that people who download music would run out and buy records if file sharing disappeared, that’s ridiculous.” He cited evidence that while record sales are down, music industry income as a whole is up and artists are making more money.”

Record industry lawyers argued Wallis lacked academic qualifications that made him an expert on this topic. They are asking that the Pirate Bay should be considered a search engine and whether or not the site should then be held responsible for the contents of its search results.

Most probably we are living through one of those paradigm shifts in which the old feels oppressed as the new emerges. If the past is any model, the old eventually will find a way to become part of the new.

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