"The average American on a peer-to-peer network has a music library of almost 2000 songs. Of these, 760 (38 percent) are reported to be legitimately purchased. In contrast, those who say they are not P2P users (but do collect digital music files) have an average library size of 1300 songs. Of those, 582 (roughly 45 percent) were purchased from legitimate sources. Most of the others were ripped from CDs or copied from friends and family."
— New music survey: P2P users buy the most, no one wants disconnection penalties | Ars Technica
"Ultimately the blame lies not with Apple and other electronics companies – but with us, the consumers. And ultimately we are the ones who must demand change."
— Apple hit by boycott call over worker abuses in China | Technology | The Observer
"Most people agree that the internet has made us smarter — will it also make us freer? That depends on how we use it. Burnham believes that industries which produce content (Hollywood, music corporations, television) should be required to adapt, rather than “kill the medium.” He says that although we’re used to seeing artists portrayed as the victims in this debate, it’s really the industries that are suffering. “Artists are beginning to find really creative ways of financing projects, distributing projects, promoting projects and that’s great. The industry is a little bit slower to adapt.” And maybe they should."
— The Right to Piracy: The Conflict Behind SOPA | Think Tank | Big Think
"One of the main reasons we all have anti-piracy slogans embedded in our brains is because the music industry chose to try and protect its existing market and revenue streams at all costs and marginalise and vilify those who didn’t want to conform to the harsh new rules being set."
— The case for piracy – Blog – ABC Technology and Games (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
"Tant qu’on ne se rendra pas compte qu’Apple est comme Monsanto, que Google est à l’image de Novarti, que l’apologie d’une firme est la pratique narrative la plus toxique qui existe, qu’il s’agisse de Google, de Fiat, de Facebook, de Disney ou de Nestlé… tant qu’on ne se rendra pas compte de cela, nous resterons pris dans la Toile comme dans un filet."
— Fétichisme de la marchandise digitale et exploitation cachée : les cas Amazon et Apple - Article11
"The belief is that industrial entities can learn from the traditions of indigenous populations who have a deep-rooted respect for the environment. The notion of “Pachamama” or the spiritual entity similar to the idea mother earth, is increasingly being referred to in governmental discussions and documents."
— Bolivia grants nature same rights as humans (Wired UK)
Do music artists fare better in a world with illegal file-sharing? This is the graph the record industry doesn’t want you to see. It shows the fate of the three main pillars of music industry revenue - recorded music, live music, and PRS revenues (royalties collected on behalf of artists when their music is played in public) over the last 5 years.
Hopefully, this analysis sheds some factual light on the claims and counter-claims that are paranoically sweeping across the music industry establishment, not least that put forward by the singer Lily Allen in this paper recently - and the BPI - that artists are losing out as a result of the fall in sales of recorded of music.
(via Do music artists fare better in a world with illegal file-sharing? — Times Labs Blog