The Music Industry… and child porn?

http://christianengstrom.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/ifpis-child-porn-strategy/

In an effort to get legislators to act on copyright infringement and piracy that affects the music industry, execs are comparing downloading music with child pornography.  Why?  Because its sensationalist.  But also because it’s a clear black and white issue that people can get behind.  If people started to see music sharing in the same light, then more could be done to protect precious little music industry executives whose multi-million dollar industry is going down the drain.

Here’s the thing.  They are not even remotely the same.  The music industry can’t get criminal charges to stick to file sharers.  That’s because file sharing is still on fuzzy ground that gets more mucked up the more it gets explored.  Child pornography, however, is absolutely wrong, abusive, and immoral.  File sharing within certain boundaries can still be argued as ethical.

What would best serve the music industry is to destroy their former business model.  TV and movies are still finding success while there is rampant piracy in those industries as well.  It’s because Hulu, Netflix, and theaters are putting butts in seats and generating revenue.  Get with the program, music industry, and stop blaming your audiences and customers for your inability to meet demand.

[Christian Engstrom, Pirate MEP via BoingBoing]

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