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The Tally Ho

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

73 gigs

Bad news, boys: the RIAA says that ripping CDs for use on an mp3 player is not necessarily "fair use". In their recent filing, they also said that "Similarly, creating a back-up copy of a music CD is not a non-infringing use....". So whatever good reason you had for that external hard drive, it's time to come up with an even better reason.

6 Comments:

  • Wow, so will the RIAA come after all of those who made mixed tapes in from other tapes and CDs in the past?

    Just more proof how unneeded record labels have become in distributing music.

    By Blogger Wells, at 3:05 PM  

  • I have a friend in the music industry - he is part of a successful folk group (which means they're getting by). He's told me that record sales have fallen sharply since the introduction of ipod and similar technology, and we've talked about how no one has really figured out how to (1) make music - single tracks or albums - readily available and (2) ensure that at least the artists get paid.

    The free flow of music is great, but many musicians are losing lots of money. Because most record companies are large organizations, they are not nimble and prefer things to remain the same. I suspect that a few small labels/distributors will stumble across the right structure at some point - but these are difficult times for all involved.

    Tweed

    Beware the Ides of March - the launch date for Stockton & Tweed's newest quality blog!

    By Blogger Stockton&Tweed, at 7:32 AM  

  • Wells: yes. You should destroy all of that 80's music, just in case.

    S/T: I'm not surprised that record sales have sharply fallen, but didn't that trend begin before the mp3 players were widely introduced? As you said: record companies are not nimble and prefer things to remain the same. So they want the same music over and over again, which has hamstrung a lot of good artists. They're losing this war on more than one front.

    Aside from a couple Christmas presents, I don't think I've bought a CD off a big label in the last 4 years or so. I moved to the city and discovered the joy of going to shows and hearing the songs live before I buy the CD. And I know that most of my $10 or $15 goes back to the band, not to a record label. But I know that all those folks also have day jobs that they will probably never be able to walk away from entirely. So for them, I'm not sure what will work.

    By Blogger Trope, at 10:47 AM  

  • Same here Trope. I still buy the albums that I really enjoy so I can fund the artists, and like you pointed out most, if not all, are not on major labels. Some smaller labels may be owned by major labels, but you get the point. I also haven't listened to a local radio station in years b/c I don't like what is being pushed. Again, with radio stations being broadcasted on the web, local stations are not important to me. I will listen to station in San Fran b/c I like their stuff. I think the internet and downloading will only exist in its current form for several more years. Eventually it will be regulated and controlled. The free flow of music probably can't be stopped otherwise. But on a whole I think that this free flow has allowed the consumer to experience many different types of music and bands that they would never hear about otherwise. I'm sure if RIAA went to any university campus or random corporation xyz they would see that sharing music on a network is very common and institutions cannot put more resources in investigating it. As it is now, if you can listen to anyone else's iTunes on your network. What, are we to ban that too b/c the artist (and to a greater extent the label) isn't getting their cut?

    Like S&T said, these companies are not being innovative and haven't figured out how their own industry is changing - which in my view says they should go out of business. Instead of changing, they will sue everyone. I have a feeling that touring is where the money will be and already is for many bands. In the end, record labels have to meet the needs of the consumer. The consumer wants variety and choice - and they aren't getting it for a reasonable price.

    Can't wait for the March of Ides!

    By Blogger Wells, at 12:03 PM  

  • Good comments - and, Wells, my friend says that touring is where he makes a larger percentage of his income than record sales. But he's getting older, has a family, etc., and being on the road for half the year no longer holds the appeal it used to.

    I think that the key will be a way to monetize the downloading of music. Napster had it right - I suspect we'll see models like that ultimately winning out.

    Tweed

    By Blogger Stockton&Tweed, at 9:45 AM  

  • Tweed, great point. How long can you really tour - especially when you have a family and all that. In a perfect world some site could be set up where artists pay a nominal fee to distribute their music electronically - the point being giving a smaller cut to the distributor and being less depedent on commercial radio. Though I'm not sure how this will all come about.

    One thing I'm not sure that the RIAA understands is that most of the music being illegally downloaded is quickly being disgarded.

    By Blogger Wells, at 6:11 PM  

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