Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution
Subject:   New Forms Will Emerge
Date:   2002-12-12 05:21:22
From:   loca

I thoroughly agree with Tim about the need for the Music industry in particular to grow up and address the needs of the customers who buy the records. It is ridiculous to try to legislate customers as criminals just because they want the flexibility to use and remediate the music they buy.

If you want to listen to your favourite CD in your car, fine, if you want to listen to it on you laptop fine. And if that involves transfering it to a new medium (for instance, MP3, tape) then that should be fine too. Most people want good quality music and are willing to pay for it. There will always be people that do not and *will* not pay but I think they will always remain a minority whilst a viable alternative exists.

And I think that is the danger. Customer need is not being addressed and if people get used to using Kazaa or other file-swapping software in order to get the music they want in the format they want then it will be increasingly difficult to stop them.

The time to act is now. Introduce a convenient equitable and efficient network that allows people to use music how they want. And stop trying to restrict their freedom after they have purchased it.

I own thousands of CDs, and continue to buy them. Yet I am sick of owning so many. So I transfer them into iTunes and use its library on my Mac. Easy, convenient and much faster to find them than in a room full of CDs. However I *still* pay for the music and would online if the quality of downloads was excellent and added benefits were there (eg. Posted sleevenotes, info etc).

I run my own record label called LOCA RECORDS:

And we are experimenting with releasing Open Audio in just this open way. Whether this extreme form of open licensing will be effective who can say, but in the meantime people can listen to the music, use and reuse it and hopefully people will like it enough to support the label to release more.

If nothing else I hope that Open Media will shake up the dinosaurs of the music industry and reinvigorate it with new music and new life.