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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 12 December 2001

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: spiro
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: music and the industry

personally speaking, I used to buy a lot of music CDs.
recently I haven't. maybe a year now. I don't pirate music
tho. I simply haven't bought anything new.

not just because I hate modern bands - there is plenty of
alternative music available. the music industry is losing
money from people like me too..

not because I pirate, but because I refuse to pay $35 per

years ago when CD writers were first introduced, a single
blank CD could cost you upwards of $30. that's about what a
nicely printed pressed commercial music CD cost.

now blanks can be bought singly for $1.50 to $3.00 and
commercial CDs have gone UP to $35 on average.

where is the login in that? surely their processes are more
computerised, thus costing them less. they buy the media in
such bulk that they are probably pay less than 1 cent each,
and they increase the prices of CDs rather than lowering

needless to say, that annoys me to the point that I'm still
happy to listen to my Twisted Sister and old Manowar CDs.
I'll still buy the occassional new one, but I used to buy
several CDs a week.

No more.

if the music industry is reading this then wake up. if you
drop the price of CDs, you might make less per CD, but
people like me and even the MP3 pirates will be more
inclined to purchase them. and if I can get 2 CDs where I
could only get one $35 CD, then I'm going to.

another thing they haven't considered is that your average
DVD which holds approx 8 times more than a normal audio CD
costs the same.

where is our bang for our buck?

we're getting ripped off pure and simple.

funnily enough some bands are releasing DVDs of their latest
albums with video clips. sometimes up to $50, but you're
getting so much more for your money than with an audio CD.

the recording industry is fast making themselves redundant..
and they're helping it not avoiding it.

From: James Eaton
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Burn Baby Burn

How sad I feel for the record companies. I can hardly type
as I cry onto my keyboard.

We have heard all this before when the casette tape was
popular. So much so that in some countries a tax was put on
them to pass to the poor strugling record companies. Note it
didn't go to the artists!

Now here we go again with CD-Rs.

Reduce the price od the CDs and then it won't happen.

One question you should have asked was. Some of my old LPs
are not available on CD. What if I burn a CD of those, am I
breaking the law? . . Oh don't bother it's going to the
parrot speaking again isn't it.

From: Dylan
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: So what's with Minidiscs?

Sony Minidisc, cute futuristic little re-recordable optical
discs. The ads for them make it very clear that they are
to be the mix tapes of the 21st century.

I mean, they even sell devices like this
which are designed soley to copy CD tracks onto

And lets not forget Sony Vs Universal City

Also, recording a programme from television or the
radio to watch or listen to later is explicitly allowed in NZ
copyright (it's called "Recording for the purposes of
time shifting")

From: Nick
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: burning cd

Question,  I have hundreds of albums.  Remember vynal
records.    I have a computer and access to the web.
Because I know longer have a record player, not to mention
the probs I'vm had getting a stylus for the one I had,
what is the position with downloading the music that I
already have on album so that I can burn and create cd's
from my old vynals.  I recon that because I own the music
already, I should be able to download it and burn to cd.
What do you think.?

Aardvark Responds
I did ask Mr Glading about the industry's attitude to ripping CDs you've already bought on CD or tape to MP3 format. He said he was unsure exactly how that activity was viewed. The implication was however, that you are not allowed to copy music to another medium/format. Glading says for example that the industry frowns on burning "backup" CDs for use in your car where handling might otherwise scratch the original.
From: James For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: the industry will get burnt My sister's partner currently works for Universal music Australia and recently I was talking to him about this exact subject. He started off by rambling on about how it's going to be good for the industry and how much money they are losing, And after talking to him I came out with the distinct impression that for some reason the industry is stuck in the mindset that they are right and everyone else is wrong, and the PR bunnies within the RIAA have handed down propaganda which has suddenly turned people who I know personally into zombies about how bad the whole thing is. Now lets take a look at this, the music industry is not listening to what consumers really want. The best analogy I can think of is a communist society, when you can control the masses' communication, you could control their lives, but in a freedom of choice era like we are currently in, you can't control peoples thoughts and views, and the more you try to clamp down on people and create restrictions, the more likely they are to revolt aggainst their oppressive dictators. This is a bit extreme I realise but the parallels are there. Also when you take into account the industries arrogance, and relying on archaic laws which govern copyright, is it any wonder that people would jump at the chance to get music for free? When I was growing up I used to tape songs off the radio because I loved the music and the experience, because a $1 a week allowance doesn't go far when you wanted to buy music back in the '80s. These days I have never copied MP3s onto a CD, I have several on my hard drive, but they are mostly from CDs/tapes/records which I used to own before various burglaries and mishaps. Legally I realise this is no excuse, but due to the industries current arrogance over the situation, I am seriously contemplating going out to purchase a CD writer very soon, as there are thousands of titles which I either haven't heard for years (you can't buy them anymore, i've looked) or teeny bopper music which I wouldn't buy anyway just to have a laugh. From: Malcolm For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: So all recording of songs is illegal? And when I go get my VHS tape of a TV program that I want to watch because I missed it when it screened two months ago, and the Tararua ad including much of the song "Nature" screens, I'm breaking the law? (I'm assuming here that a part recording is as illegal as a full recording because otherwise there's a loophole here big enough to drive a milk tanker through). I'm sorry but there'll have to be a lot better definition of what's legal and what's not than Sony NZ's one. From: Allister Jenks For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: How the music industry is screwing me I'd like to point out another arrogant practice of the recording industry. For more years than I care to remember, any time I have gone into a shop and asked for a not-mainstream CD, their response has inevitably indicated that they will "try their best" as the Sony's and EMI's of this world will send what they damn well want to send to fulfil the shop's orders. This was even true of the famed "Colin Morris" who was something of a legend in Wellington. That guy really knew his stuff but was powerless. Also, only now are they cottoning on to the basic principles of supply and demand. Whilst in Canada in 1997, I picked up a new release for about 2/3rds the price of some back catalogue stuff I got. Back here, it was the other way around. Surely it is more efficient to stock a fast selling item? From: Edwin Hermann For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Any copying is illegal For those wondering whether copying music for personal use or backup is illegal, this story implies that ANY copying is illegal. Here's an extract: "Bell Gully lawyer Michelle Chignell says a buyer's rights are limited to playing the music in private. It is even illegal to make a copy for private use." That's what I've always been lead to believe, too.
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