Join Date: Nov 2001
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Re: downloading music?
This came up on an oldies bbs where I post. I quit voluntarily listening to pop music in the very early '70s. I've got two spinner towers 6' high with over 800 CDs containing songs from the '20s to the early '70s and some country from the '80s. Keeping that in mind:
Hasn't the music industry been taking advantage of the listeners long enough? I'm a baby boomer and as such have owned the same song on several different medias. Bought it on 78 or 45, and again on LP album, 4-track, 8-track, cassette, and/or CD. I don't know that I have ever owned any song on all medias but there are several that I have owned on multiple ones. I paid the copyright royalties each time I bought the same song over again on a new media. Shouldn't the music industry owe me for collecting multiple royalties on the same song?
In addition to the CDs, I have boxes full of 78s, 45s, LPs, 8-tracks cassettes and even two 4-tracks. So if I already own the song on one of these medusa would I be justified in downloading it to put it on CD since I can prove I've already paid the royalties?
If I can get witnesses to attest that I once owned the song and paid the royalties, can I download it again even if it was lost or destroyed?
What about songs that are not available anywhere at any price? I looked for years for Hoyt Axton's Della and the Dealer on CD. It wasn't available so it was the first song I downloaded. If the owners of the copyright are not making it available, am I depriving them of anything or should I be deprived of listening to the song because they don't think there is enough demand to provide a large enough profit margin for them?
I had several CDs out at once. One of them, a various artist CD, slipped out of the jewel box and got scratched. Only one song was ruined but it was one of my favorites on the CD and the CD was part of a set, so I bought the exact CD again. So, shouldn't I have gotten the new one at a reduced rate since I had already paid the royalties?
I bought a CD of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs on the Rhino label but the listing didn't match the track order. After contacting Rhino about the problem, I bought the same CD again once the problem was corrected. Aren't I owed a rebate here?
Again, I'm old and every once in a while one of those old songs comes to mind or somebody tells me about some song I don't remember. Is it justified to download the song to sample it before buying it on CD? Some music stores will let me listen before I buy but if I'm buying off the net, not all songs have sample and I'd like to make sure I don't have the wrong title.
The music industry has accepted that it is alright to make duplicate copies of CD for personal usage as long as you retain the original CD as an archive copy. If I chose to take a copies to the office as mp3s and it's easier to download them rather than look through those 800+ CDs for each song and then convert it, is that legal?
In those 800+ CDs, I have the same songs duplicated on several different CD. I'm taking about the same song on 10-12 different CDs. So since I've paid the same artist royalties several times for the same song, wouldn't it seem only fair that I should be able to download a song by the same artist that I don't have?
So how about if I download the songs and put them on cassette rather than CD? Several years ago a surcharge was added to each cassette to reimburse the music industry for lost revenues from copying to cassette. Now since I already paid the royalties through the cassette surcharge and assuming I retain the cassette and don't reuse it, can I now burn the songs to CD?
The good news is the price of CDs is coming down the end of the month. Why are CDs usually sold at a premium price when they are easier and cheaper to produce than cassettes? Still, the CDs have been priced higher for the same collection. It's called whatever the market will bear.