BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor has penned a column for BBC News Online reflecting on the tenth anniversary of the original Napster, admitting that the music industry should have embraced Napster rather than fought it.”I, for one, regret that we weren’t faster in figuring out how to create a sustainable model for music on the internet,” he writes (before shifting the blame back to “formidable hurdles” faced in 1999). He also says that “the music business is now widely recognised as leading the creative sector in redefining itself for the digital age”, although cynics may point out that perhaps redefining its licensing models for the digital age needs a bit more work.Even so, he ends on a positive note: “The invention of Napster and all that has followed may soon deliver its greatest legacy – a renaissance in artist creativity for the digital age.”

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