Journalist covering politics and technology policy for Mashable. Also shooting pictures.
For years, the music industry’s decline looked terminal, with the record companies seemingly unable to come up with digital business models that could compete with the lure of online piracy. Last year, however, digital sales and other new sources of revenue grew significantly enough to offset the continuing decline in CD sales.
“Music Industry Sales Rise, and Digital Revenue Gets the Credit,” The New York Times
It’s becoming increasingly difficult for the entertainment industry to argue that fighting piracy is the key to salvation - providing simple and affordable digital access, instead, will be the way forward.
The Copyright Alert System, an anti-piracy plan also known as “Six Strikes” which goes into effect the week of Feb. 25, is getting mixed responses from Internet activists who one year ago banded together to ward off the much-hated Stop Online Piracy Act.