In One Eye

Saturday, June 28, 2003
And the hits just keep on comin'!
Music fans continue to swap songs over the Internet ... despite the recording industry's threat this week to sue people engaged in digital piracy.

The threat appeared to have little effect on the pace of downloading over the most popular file-sharing services.

But the move drew the ire of many fans, driving speculation that it could ultimately backfire and encourage a new crop of file-sharing services capable of keeping users anonymous. Filetopia already promises to do just that, and another, called Blubster, is scheduled to launch Monday.

"The recording industry is not going to win if all they do is sue people," said Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a Washington D.C. advocacy group on technology and copyright issues. "They can sue all they want, but that's not going to make CD sales go up."
Blubster? Just saying the name makes me laugh.

At any rate, Ms. Sohn seems to have it about right.