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Dollar Songs: Bargain or Rip-Off?

“According to academics who’ve studied the economics of digital music distribution, the cost still seems too high to attract users of peer-to-peer file-trading services….Zisk said he believes the appropriate price of a downloaded song is 18 cents. At that price, he said, the songwriter and publisher could receive eight cents per song, the inflation-adjusted sum they are entitled to under the Copyright Act of 1976. The performer and label would get another eight cents, leaving a couple of pennies for the distributor.”