Perspective on the World of Music File Sharing

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 22, 2003

From the Sunday New York Times Magazine, Turn On. Tune In. Download.

  • “The fact is, most participants do a lot more taking than ”sharing”; one study found that nearly half the songs accessible through major peer-to-peer networks are contributed by just 1 percent of users, and nearly 70 percent of downloaders do not share a thing. One of the more revelatory aspects of the record industry’s strategy is that it’s picking targets based less on how much music they’ve downloaded than on how much they are offering up to the world.”
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