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Burn & Get Burnt?
The local recording industry has started up a campaign designed to try and
reduce the number of pirated music CDs floating around the country.
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They say that unauthorized copying is costing the industry nearly $100
million a year -- and that's a lot of money.
Threats of legal action have begun to fly and the campaign warns that
such copying is illegal.
Then there's the "lets tug at their heartstrings" pitch in which they claim
that copying music CDs takes money out of the pockets of the hard-working
musicians -- especially local artists.
Okay, I think we must all agree that selling or giving away unauthorised
copies of copyrighted material is theft -- plain and simple.
However, the music industry shouldn't cry in its dinner quite so much -- at
least not until they offer a somewhat better deal to both the customers
and the recording artists.
As acknowledged by those conducting the campaign -- the media is dirt-cheap --
so why are prerecorded CDs so damned expensive to purchase?
Compare the cost of a blank cassette with the cost of a CDR disk -- then
look at the price of an album on CD and the same album on cassette. Why
is the industry gouging CD-album buyers so much? Could it be simply
because they can?
Let me also repeat a bitch I've made before in this column -- why can't
we have a scratched CD recording replaced for the cost of the media and
handling instead of having to buy a whole new recording??? If it's good
enough for tough-minded software vendors like Microsoft to have such a
policy, why can't the recording industry do the same?
What about those poor local recording artists?
From what I've heard, they get a pretty rough deal from the recording
industry anyway -- seeing very little of the hefty retail price obtained
for each CD. It becomes hard to feel sorry for the recording industry when
the recording artist sees little more than pocket-change out of each sale.
Here's a tip for the recording industry: start giving the customer and the
artist a reasonable deal and they'll probably be less inclined to steal
your intellectual property.
And another tip: if you treat everyone like a thief by copy-protecting your
CDs and mounting witch-hunts then what have people got to lose by stealing
I think the final word should go to the girl who presents the
Juice TV Music
News when she refered to the campaign as: "Burn or Get Burnt" -- possibly by accident, possibly
by way of a Freudian slip.
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