Pirates ahoy!

Reader keelhauls illicit CD figures

Music CD piracy grew 25% in 2000

Graeme Nattress has some pertinent points to make regarding music piracy:

It's all rubbish though, isn't it?? How do you measure piracy?? There's going to be a lot of guessing in that figure.

As for the internet being 100% piracy - I've downloaded countless mp3s - all to listen to music that I own (sometimes 2 or 3 times over) that I have at home in England in vinyl and CD, and want to listen to here in Canada without the expense of shipping my collection over the sea.

The bigger issue is that we've all paid again and again for the same music, when all we should be buying is one "Licence to listen" and multiple copies of the media.

If my computer cd for a program breaks, I can just get a new copy of the media, and not have to pay for the licence again. Just try doing that if you scratch your vinyl or CD. That's where the real piracy comes in....

Nicely put. Is there anyone in the music industry who'd like to reply?

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