RIAA Discourse

I found it interesting — and amusing — that the rhetoric of the RIAA has shifted towards arguing that P2P systems are competing with legal services; this ahistoric rendering forgets that the music industrutry would’ve never offered music services without the appearence of systems like the original Napster!

Legal music sites “shouldn’t have to compete with businesses based on illegal downloading,” RIAA President Cary Sherman said in a statement. “That’s why we are sending a clear message that downloading or ‘sharing’ music from a peer-to-peer network without authorization is illegal, it can have consequences and it undermines the creative future of music itself.”

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