The bottom line is that every single stupid idea that has been tried to prevent copying of
commercial music has failed. I also believe that the customer-hostile posture of the music companies
has trained a generation of people to feel zero concern or guilt commiting what amounts to mass
stealing. I predict DRM will die off in the next year or two, and the barn door is already wide open
about music being a commodity. The next business shoe to drop will probably be companies like
Vivendi taking huge write-downs on what they overpaid for their music assets. Then it's a matter of
time before the music holdings get sold off for pennies on the dollar. It's not inconceivable that
some sampling library company -- or Microsoft, or Apple, or Google -- could end up owning a
megaglomerate's vaults one day.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Miss Q" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 10:36 PM
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.
> Courtney B
> 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
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