Usage of top pirate service Kazaa has fallen 22% this summer, says analyst Phil Leigh of research firm Raymond James. But it's "a hollow
victory," he says, noting that summer CD sales have fallen more than 9%
Don't forget that the burden of proof is on the prosecution. Remember, innocent until PROVEN guilty.
In order to PROVE that someone is guilty of contributing to the reduction of summer CD sales via file "sharing", shouldn't they first PROVE that
summer CD sales declined as a direct result of file swapping?
In other words, somebody lost money because most of the music released this summer absolutely sucks. However, record labels don't want to
acknowledge this because they tend to view the music (and the musician) as a product, rather than as a unique artistic creation.
I wonder how many international file-swappers they intentionally overlooked because they were unable to prosecute?
They're doing this to make an example of file-swappers, these are clearly scare tactics designed to control behavior via FEAR. The typical American
dance.... avoidance of painful or feared consequences.
If money wasn't involved, nobody would give a damn.
My policy is to make my own music... they'll never get that and they have zero rights to it.