Monday, July 10, 2006

A business model in need of adjustment

Fans Pushing Back Against File-Sharing Suits

Music fans from Texas to Dusseldorf are organizing in an attempt to push back against the music industry's lawsuits over online piracy.

The Electronic Freedom Foundation is reviving its efforts to ignite a lobbying movement among music fans and recording artists. In addition to updating its page on file sharing, the group is urging its blog readers to sign petitions asking governments on both sides of the Atlantic to do away with lawsuits against music fans.

Sam Phillips, Ahmet Ertegun, Barry Gordy, and the Chess brothers didn’t build an industry by hiring lawyers; they did it by hiring and promoting artists. There is a lesson there.

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