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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
  TheStar.com - Numbers don't crunch against downloading
According to Michael Geist, a U. of Ottawa law prof. and privacy expert, TheStar.com - Numbers don't crunch against downloading: "A recent Economist article reported that an internal music-label study found that between two thirds and three quarters of recent sales declines had nothing to do with Internet music downloads."

This makes sense to me, having read the anecdotal stories about how the appearance of the video recording machines, and subsequent movie rental business, actually revived the flagging movie industry. If the Canadian recording industry would embrace Napster 2.0, Puretracks.com, Archambault and the upcoming iTunes Canada it might extracate itself from the necessity of dependence on government funding.

Don't get me wrong. I like that my tax dollars support culture and the arts. I just think that pop culture should be a little more self sustaining to bear the sobriquet of 'pop'ular.

 


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