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Saved by pirates?

Posted by putsimply on 23rd April 2009

The ongoing drama of the Pirate Bay trial continues. Aside from the fact that some of them were just refusing to pay, an appeal is almost certain now that it turns out the Judge was a member of the same copyright protection organisations as several of the main entertainment industry representatives.

Quite how on earth nobody thought this could present a problem is beyond me, the verdict should be ruled as a mistrial and the whole soap opera can start again. However in the midst of all this news was a very interesting article in The Guardian based on a survey from Norway of all places. The survey found that those who download music are 10 times more likely to pay for music than those who don’t. I’m a big fan of buying an actual CD, I’d much rather spent an extra pound to buy the CD than buy an album from iTunes or similar, but at the same time I quite like downloading a few tracks first to see if I’ll actually like it, and what’s the point paying to download a few songs to then go and spend money on the whole album. The clips offered on some sites are ok, but some songs are fairly average at a first listen but over time grow to be brilliant.

The most interesting point is that, if the findings of this article reflect across the world, the music industry is currently working hard to take to court those people who are in actual fact supporting it the best. Interesting eh.