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Recording artists' plight isn't a priority

A News.com reader says appealing to music fans' sympathy for recording artists' lost revenue is the wrong approach in the P2P piracy debate.

In response to the July 9 Perspectives column by Howard L. Berman, "Just desserts for scofflaws:"

I can't believe it is the recording artists who are causing all this noise in the peer-to-peer community. I know many artists who encourage the sharing of their music--this is how these people become famous. Can you really imagine (rock band) Radiohead saying, "Hey man, you downloaded one of our songs, give us 8 cents." Groups who are in it for the music just want the music out there. From this, people do buy music (including CDs, as MP3s are still inferior), play songs on the radio and buy products (shirts, posters, lunch boxes, and so on.)

So please, stop trying to pull on fans' heart strings. Look at poor Jennifer Lopez--she has to live in a $12 million house now, instead of a $15 million one. You are against illegal P2P file sharing--fine--but don't try to make us believe you are worried about the artists. You are a congressman in California and you need to have the support of big business (recording studios). This is who is losing all of the money.

Anti-P2P legislation is interesting too, although it seems to be illegal itself. If it does go through, I bet the recording studios would love it. But don't you realize that if it becomes impossible to exchange files at a quick and consistent pace, people will move on to another technology. This is not the way to resolve this problem. Technology will always be ahead of you.

Jason Benson
Cincinnati, Ohio