more Life-support for the Record Industry

On: October 6, 2006
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While nothing is decided yet, it looks like (note: article is in Dutch) consumers will be forced to pay extra taxes on their mp3 players and TiVo-like recorders, a kind of pre-penalty for the copies they will ‘inevitably’ make. These taxes are already added to the cost of blank media (dvdr’s, etc.).

The article says the money goes to the artists hurt by (il)legal copying, but I wonder how much goes into the RIAA’s budget for fighting piracy with lawsuits and technologies that make sure we can’t copy anything anyway (I’m thinking in cool cybernetic loops again, sorry). They expect the law to work for them, and they like to police the law (DRM).

In other news (also in Dutch), conservatives are looking to kick under-25 year-olds off welfare. But surely it’s the record and movie industries who are the real ‘welfare leeches’ of our time?

4 Responses to “more Life-support for the Record Industry”
  • October 6, 2006 at 11:13 am

    Sometimes I’m thinking: We were just spoiled back in the ’90s by getting all this free music, movies, etc. Charging it on the players might be a good idea, but this will not change anything about how consumers use it. They’ll copy, no doubt. It’s been going on since the tape, so..

    I’m also skeptical on where the money goes, and I think your cybernetic loop actually sounds like something they’d be doing with the money :)
    But artists are also charging us in other ways, the concert ticket prices are still going through the roof, so.. I’ve no doubt the “big artists” will get their money somehow.

  • October 6, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    I’d rather pay an extra five euro or so for my monthly cable subscription allowing me to download anything (music, movies, software). Ok maybe five isn’t quite enough if you want to cover the whole download spectrum.

  • October 8, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    I also never gotten the difference between recording songs on a tape from the radio, which i used to do in the eighties and nineties, or downloading songs from the internet….

    But anyway: these days I am such a supporter of itunes! You can download a song for 1 euro, it’s super fast and it’s save (no viruses). I do regret they do not have all songs from mainstream artists.

    Yesterday I went to the LL COOL J concert in HMH and I wanted to buy his most famous songs, but unfortunately the Dutch store did not have all his albums. The American store does, but I cannot buy from that store (probably for legal reasons, but it still um well you know su**ed!)

  • October 9, 2006 at 12:30 pm

    I bought one EP (3 tracks) from the iTunes store and those LEGAL tracks are the only ones that won’t play on my iPod. Tsssssk.

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