And then, shortly after the day of the blackout, the Feds swoop in to shut down the file-sharing site MegaUpload. Uh...so what, exactly, did we need those new laws for? And was MegaUpload set up to make money off of film and music piracy? Maybe, but those answers are almost beside the point.
First, let's talk about more unintended consequence. Several other filesharing sites immediately freaked out and began to delete files and/or suspend services. What this means is not that food has been put back on the table of
Now please, don't get me wrong here. I'm kind of uncomfortable with the idea that everything should be free." It's not. Artists (and sometimes labels, though modern technology and crowd-funding isthankfullymaking that less common) spend a lot of time and money putting together a recording. So the idea of not paying for it just because that's a possibility? I'm sorry kids, that just doesn't seem right to me.
On the other hand, the industry discussions of monetary loss seem to equate full opportunity cost to each download. They then take that cost and multiply it by a fudge factor (which is created from such super-incredibly-reliable data such as survey results....no, I'm not kidding), resulting in eye-poppingly huge numbers. Millions! Hundreds of millions!! Hundreds of billions!!!
Oh puhleeze. Here, I'll let you in on a little secret: you can't put that genie back in the bottle. Sure, people aren't buying music like they used to. But no amount of scorched earth policywhich is really hurting other areas of the art worldwill put that genie back. In the meantime, you will spend millions of dollars on all manner of legal activity. That's money from which you will never, ever see a return.
So why not spend it on trying to boost your profits by doing what you used to do: facilitate the making of art? Fire some of your accountants, consultants, and lawyers and bring in people who actually care about music. Do you actually know any of those people? I'm serious.