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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 8 May 2002

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


From: Peter
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: What piracy?

If there is so much piracy of music and software going on,
why is there never any prosecutions?  (Or at least, none we
ever hear of.)  Except of course, the recent case where
Microsoft was convicted of software piracy ...

IMHO a few conspicuous court cases with heavy sentences
against guilty parties would do more to discourage piracy
than the current situation.

From: Neil Bates
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Music Industry

It has to be said that the music industry made one massive
mistake with the way they delt with Napster.
With all the publisity they brought to bear, Napster grew
tenfold in just a few months (gee, that worked well).
With so many people now using Napster, it was only a matter
of time before new networks popped up offer similar
services.  Would that have happened otherwise ? - Of course
The ridiculous excuses given by the recording industry as
to why CD's are so expensive makes me wonder what planet
they are on. CD's as we all know cost far less to
manufacture than cassette tapes, but cost $10 more. Why...
well they make far fewer cassettes so the costs are lower
(hello economists!!!).
Many years ago (well, about 15 actually) as a teenager, I
marvelled at the idea of a machine in a CD store where I
could pick the tracks from a list and pay per track...
could almost still be an option.....?

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