Sad Season for File Swappers
Oh, it's a cruel summer for file-swapping fiends.
The Canadian Recording Industry Association, representing many major Canadian record companies and labels, forwarded a letter to an unknown IP address last Sunday. The message, stating an illegal "Napster-like" provider was available on their Internet service, was posted on July 7th at 4:24 PM. Directories on this particular service are said to be Napster extensive, carrying almost 96,000 fully-downloadable music files and an hundreds of amount of users. The CRIA leaped when they discovered that much of the music contained on the site is of their member companies, with CRIA representing 90% of the Canadian music industry.
In the recent tradition of service providers closing their doors on infringed music files, it was requested by the Association that the unknown IP service be blocked. This will ultimately insure the safety of copyrighted music and files, as well as halting speed and bandwidth troubles that occur from "high-volume" sites.
What was once an anarchical empire is now becoming corporate dormitory, with national and international music regimes shutting its door on the free file era. So what's next? A new era begins. It's one that will never be as marveled as the idea of almost, absolutely free music, but its one that was bound to arise. Napster, and others like it, will feel the ever-popular wrath of the dollar, making each and every downloadable file a step towards music industry profit.
The UK and European music industries already came to a historical agreement last month, combining to take a seat on the roller coaster that is Napster, which begins its new "membership-based" service later this summer.
Napster Interim CEO, Hank Barry had this to say: "Later this summer, the new Napster will launch to the benefit of artists, labels and consumers alike."
"This is nothing short of a global revolution for musicians and music lovers," said Alison Wenham, Chief Executive of the Association of Independent Music. "It proves that the independent record labels of Europe mean business and helps secure Napster's future at the forefront of digital distribution of music."
At a rate that is almost unfathomable, Napster became an overnight success with Americans. 5 years ago, if you asked the everyday industry analyst about the growing free music revolution, he/she might glance to the ceiling with a ponderous look. Now, it's coming to an end as the rights of artists and business men must intervene. We might not want to look at this as an entirely bad thing. The continuous use of free music may have led the average musician to become bitter, unappreciated and disappointed. Strike? - it could've happened. And if anything, it's bringing an entire world of music together, which could eventually lead to new and different genres and styles.
Swappers will continue to get their kicks where they can, sucking dry the few remaining illegal sites. But who knows when industry higher-ups will unleash an even newer breed of free music attack dogs. Fear not, though - Napster friends shed a tear today, but tomorrow's music will surely dry your eye.
CRIA - www.cria.ca
Napster - www.napster.com
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