Originally Posted by deacongreg
This is bad news. As long as you are not selling the music after you rip them to your computer, whats the problem. This goes back to my day and time of yester year when they tried to make a big deal of making your own music, or recording LPs on to cassettes. And went after those who mixed tapes, and then sold them.
They need to spend their time doing something else. Like making high res Dolby Master Audio, DTS etc.....
First of all, as an editor, I'm bothered by the title of this thread. It's "CDs," not "CD's." I think that was covered in third or fourth grade.
Second, this thread is in the wrong area. It's not off-topic, unless you think music and recording and playback and all the issues upon which this venerable publication was founded and about which Jerry constantly rants so passionately are off-topic. "High Resolution Music: CDs ..." would be the better place for people interested in this. We've had lots of other threads there around this kind of topic.
But most importantly, I can't believe anyone is so anxious to send people to jail. Over music!
Yes, the topic is the issue of making it illegal to even transfer the music you paid for to your own computer, which is so 1984 it would be shocking if we weren't used to it by now (like Winston, I'll never get used to it), our current administration having become so bold in their unfettered brainwashing of the masses to accept such constitutionally illegal (remember the Constitution? anybody?) Big Brother intrusion as good and necessary in a 9/11 world.
And yes, I agree that taking something for free that the creative artist deserves to be paid for is wrong. But it's a complex issue with a history, not some cut-and-dried it's-stealing-and-it's-wrong-and-you-should-go-to-jail thing.
Bottom line is you can't legislate morality. Witness prohibition, the failed "war" on drugs, criminalization of homosexuality, Jim Crow, and so on. Technology convergance got us to a place where this is possible, now we need to use that technology to find a just resolution. The recording industry, the RIAA, needs to solve this thorny problem, but their answer is to flaunt the law and trash all privacy issues and the democratic traditions of our once-great nation and go after their customers and slam them in jail.
I don't know the answer yet, but I know that's not right. As a career music writer/editor/fanatic who has spent his life around musicians and with a wife and daughter who are professional musicians, I'm certainly sympathetic to the artists' cause. But complex issues require thoughtful, fair resolution. The easy response is the simpleminded, violent one: throw 'em in jail! bomb 'em to kingdom come! -- oh, we destroyed mostly innocents in our fervor to get the bad guys? Too bad! Collateral damage, can't be helped, there's no other way. 9/11.
The recording INDUSTRY is clueless as to how to save their own worthless position, because they detached themselves from the creative end decades ago and put the suits in charge. There are solutions, I'm sure, which may even put the artist in a better position than ever before (what do you mean, our debut album sold 2,000,000 copies and all we get is a pass to Disneyland?!), but I'm also sure by now that those solutions are not going to come from the RIAA.
Check out Terry McBride and his Nettwerk label, started in 1984 (whoa!!) in Vancouver. What Radiohead did with their last album was really interesting.
Long live Free (meaning, unfettered) Music! Long live the Artists, not the bloodsuckers nor their vengeful minions.