Global Voices Online Blog Archive Argentina: Music and Misinformation
Global Voices Online (who also linked to my post on film and music piracy in South Africa), have commented on blogging on a case in which Argentinian internet users are reported to have agreed to pay money in compensation for downloading music. Jorge Gobbi writes
"The intention of some media outlest is, clearly, not to inform, but to frighten users and make them stop downloading music. This way, they promote “legal music download” businesses, that attempt to sell us songs that we can only listen to - because of a “digital rights” management - on certain devices. We have to deal with the fact that the value of things are defined in a supply and demand dynamic. And many people in Argentina don’t believe an album is worth 35 pesos (about 12 US dollars) or more. There’s simply not much they can do about that. Why don’t they try a new, renovated business model instead of criminalizing their own consumers? "