“Costing me money? I don’t pretend to be an expert on intellectual property law, but I do know one thing. If a music industry executive claims I should agree with their agenda because it will make me more money, I put my hand on my wallet–and check it after they leave, just to make sure nothing’s missing….And it’s difficult to convince an educated audience that artists and record labels are about to go down the drain because they, the consumer, are downloading music. Particularly when they’re paying $50-$125 apiece for concert tickets, and $15.99 for a new CD they know costs less than a couple of dollars to manufacture and distribute.” Janis Ian —The Internet Debacle — An Alternative View (JanisIan.com)
Ian is not a megastar recording artist, but she’s had a long, satisfying career, and she says that the music industry isn’t to be trusted when it says that file sharing is bad for recording artists.