[d@DCC] Things that "induce" us to infringe copyright.
jyoung at lexinformatica.org
Sun Aug 29 10:47:18 EDT 2004
>>>You can liberate yourself legally and ethically from the levy by
>>>importing blank disks directly. As I have.
>>I'm living in China. If you want a large quantity cheap
>>contact me off-list. I suspect that for small quantities
>>the shipping would be prohibitive.
>It would only be ethical if you weren't using them to copy music and
>only legal if you were personally importing them for your personal
>use: importing blank media for the purpose of trade is *not* legal.
Actually, I take the ethical comment back, because I don't really
believe it myself. The royalty model discounts the tariff for copying
of public domain works, other non-leviable works and for use of audio
recording media for other purposes, but it still problematic for two
reasons: 1) at their best, these are just guesstimates of actual use;
2) even if the model was perfectly accurate, it is based on a blended
sale data/radio airplay assessment of copied works which
discriminates against new and less successful artists, particularly
artists who are turning to new distribution models - like the
Internet - to both advertise and sell their music.
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