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Music Piracy

By c_ingliang ·
Nowadays, music piracy is a common issue. However, only leading countries like America and UK have the sufficient laws to curb the menace of music piracy. In order for Malaysia to attract more foreign artist, what should Malaysia do in terms to the existing laws and what other steps need to be taken?

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Music piracy or music downloads?

by maxwell edison In reply to Music Piracy

Music piracy would be (could be) making illegal copies of CDs for the purpose of reselling them. That's one issue.

Downloading music from the Internet for personal consumption is another issue.

To which issue are you referring?

If it is the music download issue, you may be interested in reading about the results of a recent study that suggests downloading music from the Internet does not have an overall affect on CD sales, at least in the USA. The factor is so close to zero percent that it's insignificant. (Of course, the recording industry disagrees with the study.)

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Just who are the "pirates"?

by DC_GUY In reply to Music piracy or music dow ...

Many of us consider the "pirate" to be the person or organization who charges as much as $19.00 for a CD. Consider that a maximum of two dollars per CD goes to the artists if they both composed and performed the material. Two or three dollars more will easily cover all production and distribution costs. One can't help asking, what worthy cause benefits from the 280 percent gross profit?

The usual answer is "the promotion of new bands." Fair enough, except that one multi-platinum album per year, at $19.00 per sale, will support a lot of garage bands.

If other countries would like to avoid the "problem" of illegal copying and sharing, the first step is to establish a reasonable retail price for the CDs. When customers feel that they are being cheated in order to provide limousines and champagne for recording and advertising company executives, they do not feel any pangs of conscience over sharing someone else's copy of a CD.

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Good point.

by pgm554 In reply to Just who are the "pirates ...

When I first bought a CD player (a Magnavox 1000)
for $400 bucks(list at $1000) in the 80's ,CD's were $19 to $21 bucks.Well CD/DVD players are under a hundred(list) and CD's are still $19 to $21 bucks.

The record companies said that as more CD manufacturing facilities come on line ,the price will come down.And the prices should be reasonable.

They never really came down to "reasonable".
Many a day I look at a new release at $20 bucks and say ,nope ,I ain't gonna' pay it.

$10 to $12 ,OK.

$20 and up,NO WAY!

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A couple of points

by maxwell edison In reply to Just who are the "pirates ...

A "legitimate" business selling a product isn't piracy, not even in a figurative way. The purchaser of that product might be an idiot for paying inflated prices, especially if he gripes about it afterwards for whatever reason. No one is holding a gun to anyone's head to buy a product; it's always a choice.

Personally speaking, I think the cost of movie tickets is too high a price to pay to see a movie. Moreover, I don't want my dollars to pay for the lavish lifestyles of a bunch of prima donnas who usually use their wealth and fame as a platform from which they spout off about some political issue with which I probably disagree. So I don't pay anything, but I don't go to movies either. If, in theory, everyone thought and acted like me, the price of a movie would drop drastically to entice more movie-goers. If the price of a CD is too high, then people should simply stop buying them. The established price is always driven by the forces of supply and demand, no more, no less, whether it be a movie or a CD or a house.

On "sharing" CDs, there's nothing wrong with that. It's the "copying" of CDs that violates the copyright laws, just like illegally copying software. If people shared CDs like people share books, there's nothing wrong with that, and it's a great way to broaden one's musical choice without the outlay of dollars.

By the way, why doesn't anyone gripe about the $30 (or more) price of a book now-a-days? And why don't they use the high price as justification to take a book to the copy machine so they can "share" it?

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Gee, could you copy a book cheaply?

by DC_GUY In reply to A couple of points

Thanks for the tip. ^_^ But I think the labor of standing over a flatbed scanner would be worth more than ten cents per page. I suppose you could just disassemble it and put it through a sheet feeder, destroying the original in order to have an infinitely reproducible soft copy.

I guess the sad but real answer to your question is that hardly anyone reads books. And those who do probably don't feel that the publishing industry is as bloated with profit as the music business.

As for just not buying stuff that one feels is too expensive, that would certainly be the proper way to respond to the record industry's reverse piracy. It would just not be the American way.

The government, with its tax codes, inconsistent drug prohibitions, welfare forms, and other Byzantine processes, has spent decades teaching us that to the cheater go the spoils.

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Thankz for your replies...

by c_ingliang In reply to Gee, could you copy a boo ...

Thankz a lot for your replies. I have to conduct this research for my assignment.
And ya, the music piracy is very rampant in Malaysia. Recently, a news stated that the new version of the Windows operating system which are not out yet are currently found in Malaysia. So, this goes to say that the music piracy level is indeed very high in Malaysia.
However, the government have not dealt with this piracy sufficiently and have inadequate laws to apprehend the offenders.

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book px

by maecuff In reply to A couple of points

I still buy hard covers..if it's a book I really can't wait to read. You can wait for the paperback, but who has that kind of patience? I guess the reason I don't mind the cost of books, versus the movies or even CD's, is that I still get a thrill from holding a brand new book. And if it's one I like, I can go back and read it and feel good all over again.

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I'm with you

by maxwell edison In reply to book px

I buy the hardcover. And there's nothing like having that First Edition of a book that really takes off and has dozens of subsequent printings.

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by generalist In reply to I'm with you

Hardcover, signed collector First Editions bound in leather are nice too.

Somewhat rare, fairly expensive but worth it because of the look, feel and smell.

I just wish I could afford more of them. And it would also be nice to have decent bookcases to keep them on.

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by pgm554 In reply to I'm with you

I have a cousin that runs a college book store,when it comes time to sell back ,they get pennies on the dollar on a text book that they might have paid hundreds of dollars for.
And what has changed beteen editions ,maybe a page or two .

From what I can see,the students are getting screwed big time and the publishing companies make $$$$$$.

PDF would be a great way of doing text books.
Back in my college days,we used the textbooks on a limited basis.Say if the book had 20 or 30 chapters, we at the most did 10 or 15.

So why ,when a book changes in a chapter or two that you didn't use for the class in the first place,is the book now obsolete.

Man are these students getting screwed!

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