NBC: Radiohead's move good or bad for the industry?
Fri Oct 12 00:52:36 EDT 2007
pat boyack wrote:
> Free is free and the reason why most of those Dead Heads exchanged and recorded bootleg tapes
> was because they were broke hippies who spent their money on weed and gas to get to the next
> show where they bummed cigs while trying to sneak in.
The Deadheads weren't known for trading "bootlegs," they traded audience
recordings (AKA "tape trading") that the band allowed them to make.
There is a big difference. Bootlegs are illegally made and/or SOLD
recordings. What has been dubbed "pirated music" in the press is
commercial recordings that people are copying and GIVING away to other
people. That has been going on since consumer level tape recorders came
out, the Internet and computers just make it easier. Bootlegging is one
thing, piracy another and trading audience recordings is quite another.
In the last case, nothing is being sold and no commmercial product is
being copied. The first two rip off the musicians, the last one actually
promotes the musicians. Some cheap bastards will never buy anything and
may only collect the audience recordings. What's lost there? A sale that
was never going to be made anyway? And I'm sure some Deadheads did
pirate the commerically released stuff and some may have bootlegged
stuff also by selling it but most stuck to trading the audience
recordings and bought at least some of the commercial stuff.
In tape trading circles it is considered very uncool to try to profit
from the recordings.
Walter (not a Deadhead)
Keep on keepin' on ...
PS What did the Deadhead say when he ran out of acid?
"This music sucks!"
PPS I am into collecting audience recordings (not the Dead) and I
~STILL~ buy around 200 CDs per year. If I hear something I like on an
audience recording then I want to buy the commercial releases.
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