FREE IS HARD TO BEAT: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DIGITAL MUSIC DOWNLOAD DILEMMA
On June 27, 2005, many believed that the beginning of the end of all P2P
technology and illegal downloading of copyrighted materials had finally arrived.
Nevertheless, over six years has passed since the Supreme Court’s decision in MGM
v. Grokster and online services reminiscent of those exploited by the defendants in
the Grokster case continue to thrive. Innovations in technology have introduced a
host of new problems for the record industry, including serial online copyright
infringement. However, the current strategies employed by the Recording Industry
Association of America (RIAA) and its members have failed to improve the situation.
If the recording industry were to focus on why this problem continues to exist, the
industry might find a realistic solution to its escalating nation-wide dilemma.