Fileswapping is in the New York Times today. The RIAA gears up for more lawsuits while some bands try to actually serve their fans and make a buck. Wow!
Seems my speculation that the RIAA would continue to persue the lawsuit path despite their reversal on the subpeona issue in December was right. OTOH, encouraging is this from the .NYTimes.
(subscription required) Phish, and a few lesser known bands, are selling downloads of their concerts directly from their websites.
This is exactly the kind of innovative use of fileswapping that I keep hoping to see. Concerts are a classic case where you can potentially sell the same song over and over again because to true afficianados, live concerts are both different from a studio CD and different from each other. So fans get what they want and the band uses technology to cut out the annoying middleman. Sure, as Phish acknowledge, they get some folks swapping without paying, but they treat it as loss leader. And, according to the article, Phish are making a nice revenue stream.
stay tuned . . .