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The Age of Music Piracy Is Officially Over

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Below is a Wired Magazine essay excerpt written by French hit record producer Paul Boutin.  In it  he makes the very distinct declaration that the battle over  music piracy is over  because of the flourishing of various online stores like ITunes and Amazon.com.  While some of what he says can still be argued by the fact that high quality songs can be found and acquired quickly for free with a simple Google search, it does provide an interesting perspective on the evolution of the digital music sales market in the last 7 years, and provides an economic break down of percentages given to retailers, record companies, and artists in typical modern contracts.  Anyone with an opinion about the state of our music industry and how it affects our music should take a look at our excerpt, and his Wired Magazine article for more

Mark down the date: The age of stealing music via the Internet is officially over. It’s time for everybody to go legit. The reason: We won. And all you audiophiles and copyfighters, you know who fixed our problems? The record labels and online stores we loved to hate.

Granted, when Apple launched the iTunes Music Store in 2003 there was a lot to complain about. Tracks you bought on computer A often refused to play on gadget B, thanks to that old netizen bogeyman, digital rights management. (It’s crippleware!) My local Apple store was actually picketed by nerds in hazmat suits attempting to educate passersby on the evils of DRM.

Well played, protesters: In January 2009, Apple announced that it would remove the copyright protection wrapper from every song in its store. Today, Amazon and Walmart both sell music encoded as MP3s, which don’t even have hooks for copyright-protection locks. The battle is over, comrades Click here for the rest of the article