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From Wired news:

Undercover investigations into Internet piracy identified more than 100 people in the United States and abroad involved in the theft of more than $50 million worth of music, movies and software, U.S. authorities said Thursday.

More than 120 searches were conducted in a 24-hour period in 27 states and 10 countries in an effort to dismantle organizations known by such names as Fairlight, Kalisto, Echelon, Class, Project X and APC, officials said. [...]

"Intellectual property theft is a global problem that hurts economies around the world," Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a statement announcing the crackdown. "To be effective, we must respond globally."

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No, I couldn't--unless they

No, I couldn't--unless they want to frame me.

This is one of those few

This is one of those few topics I have mixed feelings on. Although it was a rather infrequent activity for me, I can't say that I've never dabbled in "file sharing" (although I've never taken that next step and began downloading whole films). So I'm no saint in that respect. Finding Audiogalaxy, the greatest songswapping site on the planet before it was shut down, was equivalent to my being a child walking into a candy store. I mean, where else could I find songs by French musical group Collection d'Arnell d'Andrea?

I do disagree with a lot of the tactics often employed by the record industry, as I think this may result in more harm than good. But if I were Quentin Tarantino (man, that'd be cool...), I'd prefer a customer to purchase my months of hard directing and script work for 19 bucks at Target as opposed to burning a DVD copy off the black market. The argument of some that Tarantino is already affluent and 'doesn't need any more money' is irrelevant and wrong on many levels. Sometimes I feel that part of my money, albeit a very small part, spent on a CD will ultimately help the artist continue making music/movies.

But, as I mentioned, I've heard lengthy arguments from both sides that make great points. So I guess one can say that I'm still not done formulating a solid opinion on this. Not too long ago, I heard an opposing point of view that claimed that file sharing eventually helps sell more music as much as it hurts (as the "experimenting" brings new fans to a certain group).

cd's, or as like to call

cd's, or as like to call them;
'aluminum business cards' are becoming exactly that. an expensive or inexpensive way to advertise yourself or group.this will have the paradoxical effect of driving people and artists back to live music, as it will become the only way to profit from making music. i am in the business and i now see it as a form of advertising. if you say it costs x hundred thousand to produce a cd of 5 singles, how much would an ad campaign with billboards etc nationwide cost? regional? its gotta be cheaper, and more visceral more the music lover as they get a 'keepsake' instead of a quick vacuous billboard add or radio blip. live shows and clubs will be coming back in a big way.

On the other side of the

On the other side of the coin, this is the worst case scenario for the movie industry, as they need ass's in seats or buyers of dvd's. they have very few other ways to generate income, while live music shows are a huge source for music co.s, not to mention airplay royalties for publishers and artists. it'll do far more damage in the long run to the movie biz as musicians will just play more live shows and use the cd as a promo item. actors don't get paid for live performances.(generally),maybe in the orient.