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RE: Napster

I happen to agree with Larry.  I've already gone to the record shop (to my
surprise) and bought a bunch of CDs of people whose music I downloaded off
Napster just to "see what they sound like."  At the Napster Web site they
have links to previous legal battles akin to what's going on right now.
Video tape vs. the movie industry; cassette tape vs. the recording 
etc., etc., they all see the end of the world when change happens.  Well, 
someone already said it this morning, if you don't change, you'll die like 
dinosaur.  Actually, that's a bad simile because the dinosaurs were the
masters of change, albeit unconscious.  They were wiped out against their
nature, and they didn't do it to themselves, unlike some other species 
that we all know and love.  The recording industry will be there 200 years
from now, richer than ever.  They know how to take care of themselves.  
witness the efforts of people like Bonnie Raitt, bringing to the limelight
the tragedies of all those blues and early-rock folks who were ripped off 
recording companies.  There's some of them who even now still owe money 
to the recording company!  I don't hear anybody complaining about recording
companies like that in our beloved Loopers' Delight.

That's one thing I'm sure of-- if the big bad recording companies die, I
will have a party!

However, the argument about "new music" being promoted through Napster
sounds weak to me.  I can't type "new music" and get a listing.  I only get
listings of artists and songs I already know.  If I don't know it, I won't
likely download it.  I think only if everybody in Napster agrees to share a
folder called "New Music," and put new original stuff in there they want
promoted, and only if folks actually go in those folders to "sample" stuff
(sample like in sampling food), that would be a way new music would get
spread about.

And I'm a Napster addict too.  But don't quote me on that.

Long live Napsterism!

  | -----Original Message-----
  | From: Larry Tremblay [mailto:ltct@concentric.net]
  | Sent: Wednesday 26 April 2000 9:12 AM
  | To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
  | Subject: Re: Napster
  | I'm glad to see the RIAA and the record
  | companies are getting their Party Line
  | through to someone. Boo-hoo!
  | Oh come on, Steve, this is the same thing the
  | greedy cry-babies whined about when blank cassettes
  | became available and music-lovers were swapping
  | compilation of favorite songs with each other.
  | They claimed "Congress must do something or we'll be
  | ruined!" Take a look around. Seems the record companies
  | are thriving more than ever.
  | See, what happens when people openly copy and trade music
  | is that it actually promotes new music to millions of folks
  | who might never consideed buying an album or CD by Artist X.
  | Napster is a boon to the music industry, just as home
  | taping was.
  | Think about it a little deeper next time before spouting
  | off the "Press Release-approved" agit-prop of your
  | oppressors. ;)
  | - Larry T
  | ----- Original Message -----
  | From: "steve lawson" <steve@steve-lawson.co.uk>
  | To: <Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com>
  | Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2000 11:01 AM
  | Subject: Re: Napster
  | > >>>A bit off topic, but I just got Napster from my friend and it is
  | > spectacular!!  Basically, Napster is a program which
  | establishes a network
  | > of mp3 users.  Since everyone is sharing, you can get pretty much
  | anything!
  | > Completely free, no hassles, search by artist.  It is simply
  | amazing.<<<
  | >
  | > Hey, save yourself the bother - just break into people's
  | houses and steal
  | > their CDs - amounts to the same thing.
  | >
  | > If napster catches on, you can say goodbye to anyone making
  | any money out
  | of
  | > recording music, and therefor having any money to invest in getting
  | better..
  | >
  | > thanks very much for hammering another nail into the coffin of the
  | > collective careers of all the world's musicians.
  | >
  | > Steve
  | >
  | >
  | >

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