March 30, 2004 | By Donna Wentworth

It Won't Make Sense There, Either

In the wake of a Harvard/UNC study (PDF) asserting that the effect file sharing has on music sales is "statistically indistinguishable" from zero, the recording industry has decided to take its P2P litigation campaign global.

Says IFPI Chairman Jay Berman, "I can't sit here and count all the new opportunities for delivering music to consumers, whether it may be over the Internet or into people's wireless telephones or anything else." Rather, argues Berman, the focus should be on bringing lawsuits against people, without "prescreening" to discriminate among "the old or young."

Needless to say, we disagree.

Additional media coverage on the new lawsuits here and here; discussion of the Harvard/UNC study here and here.


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