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RE: Napster (aka: The New Digital Realm)

What are you talking about?  Anybody can record to cassette an album (their
own or borrowed) and pass it around to other people.  Anybody can record
stuff off the radio and makes copies of it.  And this is all legal.  Daily
in New York City streets they take down these dudes with hundreds of
illegally copied CDs for sale.  Let's face it:  If it sounds, it can be
copied.  You can't stop that.  This is not the 40s or 50s when it was 
hard to make copies of anything.  The industry thought a certain way then.
The problem is that they want to continue thinking that way.  That's

        Paraphrasing Dylan:  Get out of the way if you can't lend a hand.

  | -----Original Message-----
  | From: steve lawson [mailto:steve@steve-lawson.co.uk]
  | Sent: Wednesday 26 April 2000 2:36 PM
  | To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
  | Subject: Re: Napster (aka: The New Digital Realm)
  | it, and allows others who might have bought it thinking it was
  | good to hear
  | it first and change their minds and not waste the money. I'd get pretty
  | pissed off though if someone else took my album and converted it to MP3
  | format and was distibuting it without asking me. If an artist
  | wants to give
  | their art away, that's cool, but if they don't, I think it's
  | bad news when
  | there's a program like Napster around that makes it possible
  | for anyone to
  | make that decision for them. Nothing to do with Record
  | companies, this is
  | about artists being in control of their own art, which under current
  | copyright law is still supposed to be the case (exploitative publishing
  | deals notwithstanding).

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