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by Carlo Longino




Singer Plugs CD Leak WIth eBay, 350 Pounds

from the i-believe-in-a-thing-called-the-highest-bidder dept

The lead singer of British band The Darkness bought a leaked copy of the group's forthcoming CD off of eBay to keep it from being leaked. It was a review copy that was part of a batch sent to music reviewers, and the band said they'll be able to track down who it was via an ID number on the disc, and that "that person is going to go down". The BPI (the British equivalent of the RIAA), inevitably, blames eBay -- another example of misplacing blame on the Internet. Of course, the real issue for the BPI is that eBay lets people make transactions involving music that cut them out of the picture, and a singer buying his own CD back from a nasty thief makes for a juicy story. But hey, if it helps shut down a big market for used CDs -- something record labels would love -- it's done its job. The labels are trying to assert that they should have some say over the merchandise eBay can sell -- first, it's "counterfeit and unauthorized" material, then, later, it's any music at all, since they don't see any money from it. In any case, we hope the band's singer didn't have to deal with the world's angriest eBay seller.

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    drew, 9 Nov 2005 @ 2:56pm

    followup

    ...the band said they'll be able to track down who it was via an ID number on the disc, and that "that person is going to go down".

    this should be interesting, hopefully there will be a followup...

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    Joe Snuffy, 9 Nov 2005 @ 3:03pm

    No Subject Given

    I think the lead singer is the only person who would "want" to buy their crappy bands cd.

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    greg jackson, 9 Nov 2005 @ 3:05pm

    Singer (Darkness) and 350

    Bollocks! This is a PR stunt if ever I saw one... The giveaway is the closing line which is quoted verbatim, everywhere: "There's no way that a fan of The Darkness, based on what we did on the last record, is not going to love this record even more than the first one," Hawkins said.

    It stinks that even the BBC fall for this kind of cheap and easy stunt...

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    Jasen Webster, 9 Nov 2005 @ 4:09pm

    Garage Sale

    Perhaps the music industry would like some of the monies I earn by selling my old CD's at my garage sale.

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    Ronny Lee Elliott, 9 Nov 2005 @ 4:43pm

    No Subject Given

    Thanks.

    See Ya,
    ROnL

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    Mike, 9 Nov 2005 @ 5:22pm

    What a moron

    This band member is a real idiot, does he think the seller would sell the CD without making a copy or ripping it before? What a waste.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Nov 2005 @ 12:09pm

      Re: What a moron

      i think there was more emphasis on being able to track who leaked the cd by the ID thats printed on it, rather then just getting it away from the public the retail version is released.

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