P2P OK with Most Musicians, Survey

A survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project has revealed that two thirds of musicians that they surveyed felt that peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing poses a minor threat or no threat at all to them.
The author of the report, Mary Madden said, “What we hear from a wide spectrum of artists is that, despite the real challenges of protecting work online, the Internet has opened new ways for them to exercise their imaginations and sell their creations. To many, this feels like a new Digital Renaissance rather than the end of the world.”
The findings of this survey are in stark contrast to the published findings of the US recording industry that claim that file-sharing hurts artists.
We’ve found a drastic difference between the public stance of the record companies and their private actions. In our discussions with operators of file-sharing networks we’ve been surprised to hear that one of their largest paying clients have been record companies, who have become near-obsessed with using the networks to watch the speed to spread of new tracks giving them valuable feedback to the viability of bands.

Pew Internet & American Life Project survey