I just published an in-depth analysis of Trent Reznor's latest experimental business model. Cutting through all the gushing, the model has one critical flaw. As progressive and wonderful as it is, it's still fundamentally based on a broken consumer-cost business model. Despite the album being legal to redistribute for free, Trent's still asking $5 to get it from him. This contradictory policy is explored in depth in my article, as are the effects of the discrepancy.
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I just posted a critical analysis of the RIAA's file sharing litigation and the economics of the situation based on recent events and other editorials on the subject. In short: the RIAA's business model is old and busted. They'll have to modernize, or someone will take their place no matter how much litigation they throw at the problem.