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Re: Youtube vids increased Monty Python DVD sales by 23,000% on Amazon !!!

revox wrote:

...The point is, the item has been bought in a legitimate transaction and, just as you may loan your own genuine original of a cd, lp, tape to someone else, the library has the same privilege.

However, a library is not accountable for unlawful copying of items that are 'loaned out', any copying and sale or distribution of books, cds, tapes etc by a member of the public carries certain penalties - this is especially the case for individuals that use the library (public) stock for large scale personal profit by bulk copying (if they are 'caught' of course).

Radio stations pay a license fee - I'm not going into detail - a play list is generally created before it is broadcast and a 'royalty' fee is paid via an administrative process.

If a Radio station pays no license fee (pirate) then "'they'" do go after them.


The point is that both radio and libraries allow people to enjoy other people's art for nothing and no-one complains. Whether it has been sanctioned by the powers that be or not is irrelevant.

This thread is about how allowing people to access things for free is not a problem and potentially beneficial. It was not about the legal structures in place that legitimise one form of free consumption over another.

Just because libraries pay for the CD or book that someone borrows does not make its subsequent free consumption any more ethical than an individual who buys and rips a CD then puts it "on" soulseek for all to access. Surely JK Rowling should hate libraries as much as Metallica hated napster.

The point that was being made was that people with a simplistic understanding of marketing have taken it upon themselves to rip stuff off youtube that has been added by nobodies who simply like it. The earlier posts pointed out that this was foolish and futile. Flying Circus showed that youtube was actually beneficial to sales as opposed to the myth of the "pirate" stealing from the poor studios.

The point about libraries and radio is that the free distribution of art has been going on for years but now "they" hate it because they took too long to catch up with the changes in technology and they see every illegal download as a lost sale. On the other hand "they" see radio as good PR and hustle programmers to get their product on the air. To me - and many others - there is a base contradiction here that needs to be exposed.

Feb 13, 2009, 13:23


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