I'd be willing to pay the real value. Maybe .01 cent per track seeing as most new music will not have any lasting appeal or value.
Plus I already have multiple copies of most pre 90's music because of the never ending best of albums.
After a handful of week, if not days most new music can be purchased at give away prices from retailers, often at less than 50 cents per track.
The more I read TechDirt the happier I am that I do not live in the USA, the land of the oppressed. I speak with authority because I have lived there and held permanent residency (Green Card)that I have since allowed for it to relapse.
The people of the USA have become so complacent over the past 40 years. You have allowed successive governments strip your constitution to pieces and handed power to a handful of corporations and organizations.
The way patents, copy right and invasion of every bit of privacy, all under the orchestrated national security issues have been allowed to continue unchecked is frighteneing.
The more I read about the USA the more convinced I am that the "Land of the Free" no longer exists and has been replaced by an authoritarian regime.
Emigrate to Australia because at present we seem to be the last real free country left on the planet and we only have seven police forces and one, yes one, security organization.
ICAAN is starting to look more like Hallmark Cards. Create a new "Special" day to sell more cards.
Companies have enough on their plate being having to register county based domains or ccTLDs (.uk; .au; and the rarely used .us) To fully protect a domain name one would need to register of 300 ccTDLs.
Now multiply those 300+ by the number of level one domain names (.net.au or .biz.au) then do the math with alternative such as au.biz or us.biz we are already over whelmed with TDLs.
Enough is enough.
In Australia and UK we have a different system. Misdemeanors are presided over by a Magistrate and an accused can be represented in court by a Solicitor (Lawyer)
Felonies or trial by jury are presided over by a Judge and only a Barrister can argue the case. In this situation a solicitor does all the groundwork, chooses a Barrister and provides him/her with a brief (all relevant material).
A solicitor requires years of experience to be accepted at the bar as a Barrister.
It is rare a Barrister would accept a brief that was considered suspect as our courts tend to be intolerant towards courtroom tricks.
Barristers ask questions from their seat and can only approach a witness with a Judge's permission.
As for the wigs and black capes worn by Barristers that exists so a jury cannot be influenced by the Barrister's appearance. They all look the same.
I propose that all newspapers, telephone directories and copy paper become toilet friendly. Yes we need softer newspapers etc. Maybe a home machine that can perforate and aerate paper that turns harsh papers into soft tissues.
Better a patent the idea. The Perfaerator.
Then I guess the printers would object over copyright issues. Transferring print to one's rear may be considered illegal copying.
Come to think about it what did people do during the depression era. Maybe a Perfaerator already exists.
Is it me or am I reading too much into the negative opinions in this and other forums.
The way I see it is the USA is just one basket case. It apparently has totally lost it's way and appears to be so far from what the forefathers envisioned. If those men could spend one day in the current climate they may go back and rip up the constitution and wonder if it is even worth having one.
Lies and secrets eventually fester to the degree when everything is rotten. The USA is close to that point. Wikileaks was trying to get the real truth to the people only to be stomped on by those who thrive of lies and secrets.
Time for 100% open Government. The truth has never been the cause of corruption and wars. Lies and secrets have
When I was four I was given my first cap gun (A toy that used
Impregnated paper to make a banging sound). Later my Xmas parcel included a pump action gun that shot out ping pong balls. By 12 I had a double holster, two cap guns, a bow and arrow set and to date I have not become a raving murderous lunatic.
It is not the tools that make the person, it is what they learn.
Science has shown that even though we can prolong life it applies to the body only. There is no known way to prolong the life of our brain. The rate of dying brain cells increases with age.
The current aging population is already placing massive strains on pension funds, health and welfare systems sending many counties into debt.
Imagine the consequences if people lived for an average of an extra five years
I wouldn't mind living for more years as long as both my body and mind were fully functioning and I could continue to learn and contribute to society and not rely on society to care for me.
I have never lent a CD to anyone. I give it as a gift with their right to return it if not satisfied.
Copying a CD is a trickier. To get around that restriction I note that the copyright doesn't mention copying part thereof so I snip 1/2 second off the end of each track.
Public performance. It is annoying having to advise all neighbors within hearing range of my 500 watt stereo system to wear ear plugs whenever I play a CD. I now take out an advertisement in the local newspaper list all times that music will be played. I am billing the copyright owner for the earplugs.
I have had my car sound proofed as to adhere to the broadcasting restrictions.
Reproduction. My wife is post menopause so reproduction has ceased plus I cannot reproduced something I never produced in the first place.
All solutions are as idiotic as the restrictions.
Out of the multi billion tunes that have been composed since the caveman hummed his first combination of notes every known combination has been used somewhere in a song.
No one has a right to own any chord, riff or phrase.
Composer's rights should only apply to the whole work where there is a unique combination of everything to which the quantity is indefinite.
Kraftwerk may have themselves used a combination previously used by someone once. The only difference is that someone hasn't discovered it yet.
In fact out of all of Kraftwerk's works, like just about any song written, 80-90% has been used before.
The courts need to understand this and toss out all petty claims if it does not relate to an entire work.
The countries that produce 90% of the world's music haven't signed.
Now if the whole thing was based on the number of votes allowed was based on the actual contribution each county makes to the world's music it would be a grand slam decision to bury the idea.
Like the UN 80% of the vote represents counties on the take side and 20% on those who give. Warped.
Ok I am an oldie and can go back to the day when the marvel when the vinyl LP and 45 came to be. Yea I'm that old.
I was a commercial radio DJ and musician for most of my life and have witnessed the ever changing music and technology and wonder why anyone complains about anything to do with music these days.
Back when the only source for music was radio or your local record shop the choice was extremely limited. There was no Community radio, There was no FM and is was rare to find a radio station that would venture away from pop, Jazz and Classical music. I remember having to put a wide dipole aerial on my roof so I could pick up those rare stations broadcasting from hundreds of miles away. Local radio was pathetic at the time with limited playlists, usually the top 40. Back then we even had to pay a license fee to listen to any radio station.
Now there are literally thousands of station on and off line. The amount of music available to listen too has never been so broad yet people still whine about it.
just imagine if you lost all that is now and had 3 stations to listen too and was subjected to whatever those stations decided to play. Imagine entering a record shop that was stocked with music the record companies chose.
As with musicians try having three top ten hits and still struggle to make a decent living out of it. Ten years, 3 hits and no royalties at all. Think yourself lucky if you can afford rent and a meal.
If you are into any form of art for money then you have chosen the wrong path. 9-5 jobs pay better.
If you are in to any form of art for the love of it then find an alternative way of making an income to finance that love.
Bottom line Art does not = money