From the New York times, big news on the file-sharing front:
This doesn't surprise me, having read this interesting bit from Lessig's new book:
(My emphasis.) Apparently the RIAA is throwing a hissy fit, and has attacked the study's methodology, noting, among other things, that it hasn't been peer reviewed. I admit to being a little confused. If it is in fact the case (perhaps a big if) that file-sharing as now practiced has virutally no impact on record sales, isn't that precisely the sort of information the RIAA would like to have, for its own purposes?
I suppose such information, if true, might raise some slippery-slope concerns (once everyone thinks it's harmless, there will be much more sharing, then we'll really lose money), but those arguments are not being made. Insofar as confirmation of this new study would embarass the RIAA (and it would definitely do that), it will continue to impulsively lash out against potentially legit studies with its quasi-rhetoric, all the while missing the important point that suing hundreds of powerless individuals in the name of artists' rights wouldn't make a lot of sense if artists aren't actually taking a blow. But their reaction manifests virtually no interest in finding out the truth about file-sharing harm. Somebody go peer review that study already.
(Link thanks to Copyfight)