The best-selling MP3 album in 2008 is copyleft licensed

Read in Enrique Dans' blog

If only two years ago someone had made such a forecast for, let's say 2010, we would have called them enlightened at least, the fact is that open knowledge is an unstoppable trend, which is increasing day by day the information available and also has a number of beneficial effects for everyone, but the most curious thing is that there is also money to be made with it. I republish below the post by Enrique Dans, one of the great defenders of open knowledge.

Interesting news from Joi Ito: the album best-selling MP3 according to is "Ghosts I-IV"of Nine Inch Nails (NIN), a work licensed as Creative Commons BY-NC-SAThe album, an album that anyone could freely download from a P2P network in a perfectly authorized way. His next album, "The Slip"is available as a free download.

Why do a large number of people decide to leave the country? to NIN's website, to or others and pay for the NIN album, when they can get it for free anywhere? In some cases, it will be because doing it this way seems easier for them. In others, because they simply want to show a commitment to a band that they feel fans. A phenomenon in which, clearly, the record companies have not been able to leverage. The album sold 1.6 million dollars in its first week alone.

If one thing is clear, it is that the availability of works subject to this type of license is increasing meteorically over time, as more authors realize its potential. In this scenario, attributing a particular pattern of downloading bits from the net to an alleged copyright infringement is becoming increasingly untenable. I don't even want to think about what my ISP is going to say to me when I have to download all my students' papers for grading... Seen in this light, it is little wonder that despite the RIAA's announcement claiming to have commitments with the major US ISPs to control downloads and disconnect their users, none, for the time being, admits to having such plans.When asked by Wired, neither AT&T, Verizon, Comcast nor anyone else has claimed to be collaborating with the RIAA. In this scenario, those are indeed dangerous friendships. Here, whoever moves, doesn't get in the picture.


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