The whole point of the internet is to share information (the super highway, remember?).
A well developed, innovative alternative that a very large percentage of real people have implemented as a system. The fact that music has often been refered to as the universal language no doubt has had an impact on bringing about the global cooperation that has been evidenced. It seems that a great percentage of those who converse in this universal language are likely not going to profit greatly by their willingness to learn how. Some will. It has been that way for a long time. So, a US Congressional Act being implemented to thwart years of effort & participation worldwide hardly seems appropriate.
On a personal level... as an American living in the time I have... I wish that the Arts, and those who participate in them, represented a larger percentage of the Gross National Product than it does. I'm also aware of the percentage of my income over many years has been spent in this direction and would hope others are mindful of such realities.
On the other hand, maybe statistical measurements are inappropriate or inadequate in the light of more difficult to measure factors in success. Perhaps a greater good may come of the sacrifices the recording industry has had to suffer as other industries or endeavors have not to such a degree.
Edited by phawgg, 19 August 2004 - 08:44 PM.