Australian Music Industry Considers Deal With CD Copying Kiosk Maker
from the not-happy-about-it,-though dept
The Australian equivalent of the RIAA is apparently “considering” a proposal from a maker of CD-copying kiosks to legitimize the vending machines by accepting royalty payments from them. The vending machine is basically just a public CD-burner, where anyone can go, put in a CD they own, pay some (relatively small) fee, and receive a burned copy. The kiosk makers say it’s a great way for people to create backups of their CDs – and that all legal issues are the same as a photocopying machine. The music industry, of course, doesn’t exactly see it that way. However, they’re considering the proposal, because they’re afraid if they don’t even look at it, and these machines take off in popularity, they won’t be able to make any money off of them. However, from the quotes in the article, it doesn’t sound like they’re really pleased about these kiosks. What I’m wondering is if home CD-burners are really that rare in Australia that there’s a real market demand for this? I know in the US that the CD-burner is becoming common enough that I doubt anyone would ever use a public burner.