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Music industry monitors P2P downloads

Written by Jari Ketola @ 18 Nov 2003 12:55 User comments (6)

Music industry monitors P2P downloads Even though the music industry has little to gain from P2P piracy, there's still some aspects to it they find worth paying for. One of them is P2P search and download statistics.
Major labels, such as Warner Bros., Disney and Atlantic Records buy P2P usage statistics from BigChampagne, a company that has been monitoring for instance Kazaa since 2000. BigChampagne monitors, for instance, how many times their customers' artists show up on search strings, how often their songs are shared and how many times they are downloaded. The record labels can use the statistics for instance to determine which artists are popular in certain areas, and direct their marketing accordingly.

BigChampagne doesn't record the user names of people sharing files, but does use the IP addresses to analyze the geographic location of the users. Gathering statistics always involves the question of privacy, but P2P users sharing and downloading copyrighted material are hardly in the position to complain.


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6 user comments

118.11.2003 14:04

QUOTE>"Even though the music industry has little to gain from P2P piracy..." How about millions of people hearing artists they would have never been exposed to otherwise? Gosh, think that could stimulate sales of music CDs?

We mustn't lower ourselves to the level of those we loathe, lest we become loathsome ourselves.

219.11.2003 4:28

SO the RIAA membership is using the demographic info to assist them in marketing to the masses.... So therre is a real use for P2P within the RIAA... Again, as long as they can use it or control it they want it.


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319.11.2003 9:59

Looks the RIAA would be surprised if a lot of old people in Florida started downloadomh Britney Spears songs!

419.11.2003 10:04

Looks the RIAA would be surprised if a lot of old people in Florida started downloading Britney Spears songs. Do kids still download songs from the rolling Stones?

520.11.2003 14:33

Stats are for people who don't want to fight it out properly.

Everyone is entitled to their own true opinion. Either respect that or don't.

620.11.2003 16:35

Clever on their part...more downloads means more money lost. They are aiming to conserve profits.

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