Record industry attempts to stop the swapping of pop music on online networks such as Kazaa will never work. So says a research paper prepared by computer scientists working for software giant Microsoft.
The four researchers believe that the steady spread of file-swapping systems and improvements in their organisation will eventually make them impossible to shut down.
They also conclude that the gradual spread of CD and DVD burners will help thwart any attempts to control what the public can do with the music they buy. [Scripting News]
The best thing record companies could do to increase sales is to drop prices. That, and joining the file swapping world instead of continual attempts to stop the inevitable.