It's actually all digital blank media. Consumer blank DATs, blank MDs, music
CD-Rs for use in consumer recorders, etc. This tax is why standalone
consumer CD recorders won't work with just any CD blank and why the 'music'
CD-Rs cost more.
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Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 9:37 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] SACD fans -- some discounts
There was a tax on minidiscs for that purpose. I remember reading about it
in Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry by Clinton
That was published in 96, apparently there is a 2004 version I haven't read
but now will have to.
I should revist the book, but it completely informed my arguments about when
taping/copying hurts artists and when it helps (ie bootlegging shows vs
pirating recordings, the fact that they can't lose money on a person who
would have never bought the music anyway) There is a Wikipedia article on
the Private Copying Levy but I don't know what aspects of that have changed
with the DMCA/new media.
On 5/2/07, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Also, am I mis-remembering or wasn't there a tax on blank tape that went
> directly into music
> industry coffers to make up for missed sales? Blank C-90's were $3+ when I
> got my first cassette
> deck. By the time I was making my last cassettes in the early 90's,
> C-100's were down to $1 or so.
> We're talking Maxell and TDK CRO2 tapes here, not junk.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bob Olhsson" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 5:09 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] SACD fans -- some discounts
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From Rod Stephens: "...I vaguely remember in "the good 'ole days",
> > making copies and sharing music with my reel to reel machines and later
> > with my cassette recorders. We then would buy the original LPs/45s of
> > the best of the best with good album notes and pictures. Somehow the
> > recording industry seemed to prosper in those less restrictive and
> > creative days."
> > This is comparing apples to oranges. People needed to meet up, make
> > copies in real time, pay good money for blank media and a copy of the
> > was pretty raunchy sounding. We also didn't have investment bankers
> > new corporations having a "business model" of profiteering from
> > copyright infringement.
> > Piracy is far from the only or even the biggest problem professional
> > faces today but make no mistake about the fact that it has cost at least
> > generation of youngsters any opportunity to have a career creating and
> > performing music. They and the music fans are the real losers.
> > Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
> > Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
> > Over 40 years making people sound better than they ever imagined!
> > 615.385.8051 http://www.hyperback.com