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it's pretty simple, and the economist hits the nail on the head:
"For many of Napster’s users, the main benefits of its file-swapping service are that it provides music conveniently and for free. Some people will be prepared to pay for the convenience and for good quality downloads, provided the price is right. That means the main challenge facing Bertelsmann and Napster is to produce a paid-for service which people would rather use than free sites which could copy Napster. Some of these other file-swapping services will be harder to police. Services such as Gnutella and FreeNet allow the swapping of music files between personal computers but without the use of a central service, like Napster’s. This makes it much more difficult for courts and regulators to act against them. By teaming up with Napster, Bertelsmann has accepted the inevitable: Internet distribution of music is here to stay and likely to grow enormously. But the deal does not mark the end of the music industry’s piracy problem. Music companies now have to show they have more to offer customers than free web-based services."
even the new york times likes the deal.
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11/02/2000 07:21:00 PM 0 comments


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