PROS and CONS:
File Sharing: It's Music to our Ears
From the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a description of options for compensating artists in an MP3/P2P world.
Arguments against music piracy from the trade group (RIAA) that represents the U.S. recording industry.
College Students Urged to Stop Illegal Downloads. Reuters, March 1, 2007
The RIAA sends a new round of threatening letters to U.S. universities.
Illegal Music File-Sharers Targeted By Fresh Wave of Legal Action. ifpi, April 4, 2006
Legal crackdown on file-sharing internationally, as described by a global recording industry association.
ON THE ECONOMICS OF IT ALL:
The Right Price for Digital Music. Slate, December 5, 2005.
Why 99 cents per song is too much, and too little.
Follow the Money: Who's Really Making the Dough? Electronic Musician, November 1, 2001.
The economics of music: how record companies work and how the money finds its way to artists and everyone else.
SOME RELEVANT SITES TO BROWSE:
A music activism web site.
A seller of independent CDs: " Musicians send us CDs. We warehouse them, sell them to you, and pay the musicians directly."
A critique/parody of Apple's iTunes by the folks at Downhill Battle.
An approach to peer-to-peer file sharing that tries to have it both ways. Read the FAQ and try to figure out the scheme.