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  A Musician's Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing
Subject:   This whole topic
Date:   2003-06-28 12:15:07
From:   anonymous2
Response to: Mp3 Helps, the record industy hurt themselves

I am an out of work musician. Yes P2P etc blah blah blah affects my remuneration. But it affects it in both positive and negative ways. There will always be 1 in 1000 P2P etc users that act as a bootlegger. Besides that, the rest of the P2P is usually only positive. Like the saying in our business goes, "The only bad publicity, is NO publicity." Therefore, the ONUS is on the Record Producers. Not the P2P Producers. More to the point from the musicians point of view are many other factors. The no smoking rule in public places has got to be the #1 deterant at the moment. I wouldn't go to a club I can't smoke in. Just my opinion but the truth is, P2P and format changes are NOT enough of a factor. Let's talk about CLUBS that do not have LIVE entertainment. I can listen to whatever I want in the comfort and privacy of my home. When I go out, I want to see some LIVE talent, not listen to some DICK DJ that thinks they've got their crap together all that. My opinion is 90% POSITIVE, 10% NEGATIVE for file sharing in general. But I'm talking music. Movies, sorry, I only need to see a movie ONCE. Therefore, the math is simple.
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    2003-06-28 12:45:00  anonymous2 [View]

    Me again, and more to the point, if I hear a song I like, and YES, some artists only have 2 or 3 songs max per album, I will want that song in whatever format I need it in order to hear it another 20 or 50 years down the road. So yes, we have to keep up with the times. It's not fair, but that's life. Why no talk about Sony sitting on the recordable mini disk for so long in hopes of MONOPOLIZING the market that even serious computer users couldn't integrate them? There are so many factors here that are not being listed that I'd have to post a reply every day for the next decade. And why nothing about the risk involved with downloading tunes? I know for fact that about half the downloads are spiked or good for crap because of the BANDWIDTH war. Therefore, I take the smart route. My ISP has a QUOTA so I don't have to suffer bandwidth wise because of kazza or winmx or limewire fools. I have the PRIME ISP for my area, but how many songs can I truly fit in 5 Gigs/month if I really wanted to. Not enough to hurt the recording industry. Therefore, lets take the arguement to the ISP's that allow UNLIMITED bandwidth usage. Let's let them kick in a little for screwing up the bandwidth for serious users. If people want to pay per Gigabyte, let them, but lets get the right people paying for the right product instead of ISP's that prefer to provide secondary or crappy service in order to gain the lion's share of the market. So just like "This beat goes on" this list goes on, and where can we just "Switch it to Glide?"