Follow Up: Lessons from Illegal Music Downloads

Follow Up: Lessons from Illegal Music Downloads
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To curb illegal music downloads, The Economist argues that it is more effective to offer alternative ways of distributing music rather than focusing on litigation and suing users.

Francisco Hui
  • 23 november 2009

After our post last week about the effects of illegal downloading on recorded music and live shows, we noticed the Economist had an article on the lessons we can learn from music piracy.

To curb illegal music downloads, the Economist argues that it is more effective to offer alternative ways of distributing music rather than focusing on litigation and suing users. The rise of alternatives that range from safe and affordable downloads like the iTunes store, to subscription based music streaming services like Spotify, have deterred illegal downloads.

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