Music industry must change tune to keep beat with technology

-- The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald - Feb. 17

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2001

Napster may be on its way out, but America's music industry still has to contend with the unregulated swapping of copyrighted songs on the Internet. ...

As officials with the Freedom Forum noted, the First Amendment guarantees freedom of music, not free music. ...

Napster had, in effect, appealed on the basis that sharing music over the Internet was no different from taping a TV show to watch later or giving a friend a tape of favorite tunes. The court, however, determined that taping a TV show on a VCR or recording a compact disc on a tape to play in the car is limited in scope, largely for personal use and not used for profit.

Numerous other sites exist on the Internet to exchange music. ...

Enforcing any ban on music-swapping will be difficult, especially if companies outside the United States take over the enterprise.

The music industry must adapt and learn to use the new technology to its advantage. That means coming up with a way to distribute music online so that customers are less likely to copy it illegally.

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