The Music Industry Strikes Back

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photoThe record industry has fired another shot in the battle over online music file sharing. The latest assault is directed at the music listener in the form of 261 lawsuits filed against music downloaders of all stripes: firemen, college students, and even a 12-year-old girl.

The suits are an attempt to stop the gushing flow of lost revenue, estimated at $700 million a year. Proponents of file sharing claim that the music industry is an outmoded paradigm indifferent to the complaints of artists and listeners alike. But so far, the law seems to be on the side of the industry.

Few would argue that the future of music distribution is on the web and the success of a few legal file sharing sites, such as Apple's iTunes store which has sold over 10 million songs in four months, underscores that belief.

Click the "Listen" link to hear about the future of music distribution and whether the big five record companies will adapt or be left behind.


Thomas Dolby Robertson, Grammy nominated electronic music artist and founder of "Beatnik", a digital audio company

Wayne Rosso, President of Grokster, an online file sharing distribution company

Rick Karr, cultural desk correspondent, National Public Radio

This program aired on September 12, 2003.


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