Looks like the music industry has been battling the problem for over a century now.
An article from the June 13th, 1897 edition of the NY Times gives a curious backstory to the problems currently facing the music industry. Some would argue that piracy is a contemporary problem whose only solution is increased legislation, but “Music Pirates in Canada” proves that simply meeting the demands of the customers is a better way to compete.
The article says the way it worked is that a local newspaper would publish a list of available music. Readers could then buy an album for 2 to 5 cents, instead of 20 to 40 cents, which the pirate then mails to the buyer with the newspaper getting half of the money for advertising. You could pick and choose…
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