Music Phones A “New Front” In The War On Piracy

The British music industry says music phones pose a huge threat to them because they’ll let kids share music without their computers. It’s another silly argument — people that pirate music will do it over whatever medium’s available. If one of their friends can’t send a song to their phone over Bluetooth, they’ll get it from a P2P network, or just find another friend that has it. The response will likely be a push to get Bluetooth crippled, or have police do spot checks at school entrances, or something else. But any of these are just band-aids. Piracy won’t stop until the record labels figure out a way to de-incentivize it and give people an incentive to make legitimate purchases, or change their business models so they’re not completely dependent on recorded music sales.

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