RIAA’s Failed Strategy

The recording industry is doing itself n o favors with its war on music file traders. “In its current action, the RIAA, which is claiming damages of thousands of dollars per download, may have the law on its side, but that will matter little in the end. Indeed, it’s far from clear whether the group’s legal threats will even have any, let alone much, impact on unauthorized file sharing. There’s no mass exodus [from file-sharing services], that’s safe to say. Ironically, usage this week and this month is up… More important, even if the RIAA is somehow successful in actually stamping out file sharing (which it won’t be), that doesn’t mean that CD sales will necessarily pick up. “Many of these individuals [who use file-sharing services] have gotten out of the habit of buying CDs. They think CDs are too expensive.”