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clockwork
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posted 26 September 2003 12:16 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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This non-selection does not represent what is desired or created by anyone I know. I do not know anyone, of any age, who is not dissatisfied by the range of music that is offered by the mass media. (This is yet another example of how a supposedly free market can end up affording remarkably little freedom.) And if you're in a band doing something interesting, it is unlikely that you will find representation in the front window of that new HMV store that has just opened in your local strip mall (which is now the only place to shop, since the little downtown record store run by the long-haired nerd closed).

Long live file sharing, death to bland culture

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Gir Draxon
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posted 30 September 2003 01:45 AM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't see it as being against the free market, rather it is a manifestation- think about it, large lobby groups are trying to get the government to intervene to stop it...

In a true free market economy, the artists/recording companies would be all over the opportunity to use P2P to make money. But they are not because it requires the industry to change, and those who are currently profitting immensely from the existing system don't like the idea of changing it.


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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 30 September 2003 02:08 AM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What I find intriguing is companies like Sony will sell you all the equipment you need to compromise Sony's very own copyrights of movies and music.
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Steve N
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posted 30 September 2003 02:59 AM      Profile for Steve N     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The thing is, what you'll find on KaZaa is all the totally mainstream crap everyone complains about. At best, you don't have to download the 10 horrid songs on an album, you just get the 2 catchy ones. It's not a lot differant than when I was 10 and we were holding the mic's from our cassette recorders up to the radio speaker.

Try a search for some decent jazz or classical music. There are titles out there, but mostly mislabeled. I found about 20 pieces wrongly attributed to Mozart, for example, and maybe a dozen correct ones. It's not pretty. Meanwhile, about 3,000,000 people are sharing Madonna's "Like a Prayer".

If anything, Kazaa is the new AM radio, without the stupid DJ. If the labels were smart, they'd make their own version, no spyware, no restrictions, no fees, but you download an advertisement for zit-cream with every song you get.


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