What if Peer to Peer 'Wins'?
October 24, 2003
Special Thanks to W. Friedman, AKA Dumwaldo, who wrote this article.
Lets take an honest look at things for a moment here. What is the worst thing that could happen if peer to peer were to eventually overtake the recording industry and bankrupt them all, as the RIAA claims will eventually happen if the current path is not deterred.
So what would happen? Well, music would probably get better as a result. In fact, music would probably improve so much it would eventually be looked back at as a tremendously favorable improvement. If the big business record companies were all eliminated there would be no more music motivated by greed and fortune seeking. The only motivation left to create music would be, well, a love of music.
Most of the music made available by the large recording interests is not art and the creators and performers are not ďartĒists. They are part of an industry fueled by a desire for money. From the author and performer of the music all the way down to the guy that empties the garbage pails in the studio and back up to the president of the record company, every single one of those people is doing a job in search of a good paycheck. None of them, performers included, are doing it because of an inner passion that drives them to create. It is not art; it is music that is mass-produced for profit.
The loss of current music continually fed at rapid pace would become overshadowed by the sheer quality of the musical works. Do you really need a new song every week if the 'old' song is not played out in 3 days? Quality music has a lasting quality that keeps it from getting old quickly.
The problem with creating music with longevity is it equals lower sales. Lower sales of course equal lower profits. Recording labels are not in business to bring you art, they are in it for the money and nothing else. Plain and simple, this is capitalism at its finest.
Capitalism and art mix as well as oil and water. I would like to think that years from now music itself will evolve and grow far greater than it is today as a result of the growing free trade of music among a global community. The music industry might eventually fall, but it surely will not stop the music.
If anything, the advent of online file sharing guarantees that we will forever have a supply of fresh music. At no time in history has it ever been as easy as it is now to get music out to masses. No longer does an ARTist have to cow tow to the demanding 'recording industry mafia'. The free trade of music through peer-to-peer services is a godsend to any true artist, but it is a detriment to the purveyors of 'made for profit' recordings that have nothing to do with art. These are the guys getting 'cheated' and not any creator of art. Donít let the propaganda fool you
So what do you think would happen if peer-to-peer file sharing 'wins'?