Why Music Can’t ‘Just Be Free’

JupiterResearch VP and research director Mark Mulligan specialises in music for the Forrester-owned agency. In this essay, reproduced from his journal, Mulligan argues against the emerging notion that music should be free without labels and creators getting paid…

The French music industry body Société civile des Producteurs de Phonogrammes en France (SPPF) is suing four US-based developers of P2P applications, including the BitTorrent client Vuze, Limewire, Morpheus and Shareaza, as The Register reports. (The latter is the one that is stimulating vitriol in the tech blogosphere as its development is supported by open source development platform SourceForge). Under newly revised French, the US companies can be tried in the France as their applications have not implemented filtering mechanisms to block out copyrighted material.

A couple of arguments are being leveled at the SPPF – the first that these applications aren