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16 September 2003
Use the sense, use the net
Source : Dagbladet
Lene Marlin's record company EMI/Virgin is on the warpath. Those who put out her second album - Another Day - illegally on the internet, is about to get caught. Friday Dagbladet and VG could reveal that the complete album was located on the Internet. In a relatively short time the whole CD could be downloaded in mp3-format with surprisingly good sound quality. The record company put data specialists on the task, and Friday the server containing Lene Marlin's music was found. It was located in Oslo and is managed by Ergo Group - an IT company owned by the Postal Office.

The international record industry organization IFPI in Norway was contacted and seeked out Ergo Group. The IT company's server, a machine for hire - a so-called web-hotel - was closed down immediately. The case was reported to the police by both Ergo Group and EMI/Virgin. Ergo Group says they're sorry about what has happened, while the record company has hired data sleuths and lawyers. The person or those persons responsible for this, can count on a indemnity claim in the million-figure, if they're ever found. Ergo Group shouldn't feel to comfortable either.

However, the damage is already done. Many across the globe managed to download the Lene Marlin album before the server was closed down. The result is that Another Day can be located on other servers for free download. The main office of EMI in London praised the Norwegian department, who revealed the Lene Marlin server. There were also established the existence of illegal servers in London, Paris and Canada. These are now closed down. However, the joy of this may be very short, because fighting against tide waters and wind mills have been known to be quite difficult.

The internet swells over with music, much of it legally - even more illegally. The record companies are selling goods that easily transfer through the world wide web, in contrast to hardware like clothes, cars and furniture. Those you cannot win, you should cooperate with, an old saying tells you. If the record industry in a larger degree would work to find solutions for distribution, music subscription, etc. on the net, much would be won. Because, it's not just about money for greedy multi-national giants, but the means of livelihood for artists - both larger and smaller ones.

Translation by Tef Johs


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