While court challenges are a certainty, last week's victory by the RIAA and the major labels over Limewire was certainly a win for those fighting unauthorized downloading. The next day, one indie label executive emailed me this question
Leading indie trade group A2IM has been very vocal in it's belief that LimeWire needs to be stopped. Perhaps they could lead the charge. Even those that see promotional value in filesharing, admit that it's damaged artist and label bottom lines. But are artists and labels in the courtroom the message that indies want to send to hard core music fans? Or is better that they accept the new realities of the music business and figure out how to deal with it?