A TRUE PIRATE AT WORK RIPPING OFF MP3s
MR.X ADVERTISES "150 SONGS ON A SINGLE CD FOR ONLY $20"
Now we are not talking about some kid letting his friends tape record a few CD's here. We are not even talking about a guy copying a few CD's with CD-R technology. (even though these also are copyright infringements). What we are talking about here may become 10 times worse than the worst musicians nightmare of the past. YES PEOPLE IT IS TRUE. YOU CAN PUT 150 SONGS ON A SINGLE CD! These songs can be COMPLETE 4 minute songs and ,for the ears of most people, they sound REAL GOOD. With mpeg3 compression technology it is possible.
However, right now, you need a computer to play this music but when a dedicated CD mpeg player becomes available ,and it will,..... I shudder to think! This article was written over 3 years ago. Since then MP3 CD players have become common.Even if the device never becomes available, anyone looking at new technology today can see that the lines between "computers" and "audio video" are getting more blurred by the day. A user in the next few years could dedicate an inexpensive laptop to do the same thing.
As a musician/songwriter ,seeing the advertisement, I immediately POSTED a reply to him saying that I would report him to the appropriate authorities. What followed was a flurry of posts arguing mostly in my favor , after MR X flamed back at me publicly. You can see why I got a little excited. Right now I have a site (address below) playing MPEG music and because I already realized the potential of piracy, my site will only play CLIPS of my music or complete AM QUALITY MP3 files. However, I'm currently being approached by at least one new WWW.MUSIC.NET type of site that wants to play my entire songs in mpeg3 format on rotation. Up to now I was considering doing it, (knowing some of the risks) but now seeing that MR X can get away with such blatant activity I'm having second thoughts.
So what do you think? Should MR X be allowed to advertise on the internet? Should he even be allowed ON the internet after this? Do you think MR X is a nice man and defender of affordable music? I read a post a few days ago which mentioned Celine Dione as being SO rich that she didn't need the royalties, but I also remember reading that her husband mortgaged their first home to get her career off of the ground. So maybe you think that all recording artists have more than their share? I want to hear from you too.Dan Laskowski
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