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Monday, December 06, 2004

IT’S NICE TO SHARE

Personally I’ve been a fence sitter on the issue of file sharing, i.e. Napster, Kazaa, and Limewire et al. On the one hand, an artist should be compensated for the distribution of said artist’s work, on the other hand, file sharing is a great way to spread the word about a new band, or turn someone on to a golden oldie. In the end I feel, and it seems I’m not alone, that file sharing can only help an artist in the end. If, say, reading Fred’s blog, I become interested in Rilo Kiley, and I then log onto Limewire and find the song, download it, listen to it, enjoy it, and buy the record, well then who’s a victim there? Even if I don’t end up buying it, nobody loses out because I wouldn’t have bought it anyway. But, now the chances of me buying have increased, and I’m sure that translates into more product sold in the long run. So, I guess I’m off the fence, and Laars Ulrich can suck my ass.

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