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RIAA believes recordable media is bigger threat than P2P

Written by James Delahunty @ 15 Aug 2005 8:04 User comments (19)

RIAA believes recordable media is bigger threat than P2P The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) believes that bootleg or illegal copies of CDs are a much greater threat to the music industry than illegal downloading is. Fans get twice as much music from illegal copied CDs than from unauthorised downloads according to RIAA Chief Executive Mitch Bainwol. He echoed a report from NPD that says 29% of music acquired by music fans last year came form content copied onto recordable media. 16% has been credited to illegal music downloads.
Only 4% of music acquired was credited to legal music downloads while legit CDs still held strong at almost 50% of all music sold. The solution to illegal filesharing is litigation according to the RIAA, but how can you fight illegal copying? The answer, according to the RIAA, is copy protection. The amount of copy protected CDs being released has increased dramatically.

However, copy protection on CDs is not without it's flaws. Firstly, most copy protected CDs prevent you from ripping the audio tracks, but it's possible to dump DRM protected WMA files onto your windows machine. The problem here is that these files are not compatible with Apple's iPod music player. Apple has been reluctant to license it's FairPlay DRM technology for reasons like this one; they'd much prefer people buy their music from iTunes instead of getting it from a copy protected CD.

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19 user comments

115.8.2005 20:15

The same old story.... put protection so they cant copy it blah blah blah... Remember even in the software field Microsoft brings all the up to date protections and still gets beaten. No matter how much u advance the copy protection on whatever media. There will always b someone that gets their kicks out of breaking the codes and making it open source for all to use... For me if i want to buy a CD i have to really like the artist plus i have to know how many tracks and any other goodies i can get for my money plus i get them only so i can make my music mixes and even sometimes use them to help me sample my preformace peices. The next article linked to this one will b someone came and broke the code. "Watch this space".

215.8.2005 20:54

Still waiting for the big artists to realize that the RIAA is obsolete...

315.8.2005 21:06

That's funny. I have almost a thousand cds not including boxsets. The majority of the things i listen to is over thirty years old. I listen to 60s and 70s rock and roll like black sabbath led zeppelin uriah heep yes pink floyd uk and king crimson. I have not run into a cd i could not copy yet on my computer or my two high grade pro cd recorders. When the day comes the recording companies copy protect all of their catalogs ( which is highly unlikely ) is the day i quit buying music. I am sitting here trying to get the bugs out of an amd system i just assembled and my beloved DVD Shrink program just crashed............. Yee gad !!!!!!!!

415.8.2005 21:29

meh. RIAA is isn't our fualts,lol anways more legal cds are bought then copied lol

515.8.2005 21:41

All's I got to say is...Blah blah blah, blah blah the RIAA. Wonder if I should break out my violin and start playing the sad music, cause if it isn't one thing it is another...first there was a problem with d/l'ing, now there is a bigger issue with ripping from the cd. Oh well, guess you can't make everyone happy. :P

616.8.2005 00:07

Goddamn, they are so stupid. If they put copy protection on every cd, (clever) people will stop buying them. Like me. But then thei´ll just explain it by P2P, or libraries lending CD:s or some other motherfucki stupid explanation. Their stupidity amazes me.

716.8.2005 08:21

Sony Corp makes movies, games and music. Sony Corp makes blank cd/dvds, cd/dvd burners. Seems to me they've got every angle covered.

816.8.2005 10:35

Back to the roots for RIAA... Old ideas served as knews. Why they pay theese salaries to people who are good enough to compete gratuates from elementary schools? Back to 1970's the same affair eith the cassette tapes...

916.8.2005 13:56

The RIAA will simply buy Congress again and suddenly we'll hear about how morally wrong it is to copy a CD you've already bought and so forth. I'm sure Senators are already lining up at the bank with their RIAA checks in hand..

1016.8.2005 14:31

nonoitall, I think you hit the nail on the head. This is all a last ditch effort by the RIAA to hold on to their power. Why dont the musicians just get a small IT staff and sell the music off of their web pages? I am sure the musicians and the consumers would benefit from such a relationship.

1117.8.2005 07:36

they ran the law suets to death now you'll need to register when you buy a spindle of blanks , hey its easy to record off the radio and transfer to cd as well or rent your movies from net flicks and then burn as they come to the door. the RIAA is just mad because now we can burn you friends cd or dvds when you barrow them but we could do it befor the p2ps so why now? because the illeagle file sharing is down and they are pissed next it will be because we breath there for we must be guilty of stealing hot air for their artist and that we must pay.....

1219.8.2005 02:25

They tried this when audio cassette came out, and again with video cassette. What next? Ban Cassette and Video recorders ! These stupid people should really get a grip on reality. Nothing will stop copying. They can slow it by charging a fair rate for CD's etc to make then worth the money. Here cd's are 15-20UKP when we all know that blanks (cheaper than printed) are 15p each or less. According to various sources, even with all the piracy, the companies made a 52 per cent increase in profit last year ! Not bad !!

1319.8.2005 13:20

If they are so concerned about copying music and movies the why don't they us ethe same argument to sue memorex, that they provide the means to violate copyrights, that they used against grokster and kazza. oh and i think iread somewhere that an 8 year old was the one to break the last anti-copy cd

1420.8.2005 04:39

lol-i had the new disturbed cd, 10,000 fists on august 1st-its not due for release until september 20th!!! so they can put all the copyright on music that they want, but i will have the cd even before it comes out!!! lmao

1521.8.2005 03:06

Don't they realise that if they manage to somehow create a copy protection that's unbreakable (very, very unlikely) that there's still the "fall back" method of playing the disc in a standard cd player and piping it's output into the computer's line in and recording it that way? Yes, it's not as good a quality as doing it digitally, but I'm guessing that most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference anyway! If it can be played, then it can be copied. If it can't be played, then there's no point making it!!

1621.8.2005 12:58

Yes, there's always the final analog output, and attempts at protecting analog signals has never been that successful *cough*Macrovision*cough*.

1728.5.2008 12:41

Long live vinyl!

1828.5.2008 16:34

Two and a half years ago that would have been an awesome comment.

1928.5.2008 17:11

Originally posted by nonoitall:
Two and a half years ago that would have been an awesome comment.
Evidently you haven't seen this...

or this ...

As long as it's still legal to buy vinyl as well as other non-DRMed used music media AND people record at concerts or can just plain HEAR the music that the suits want us to buy, there will be a way to record it digitally (even if second hand).

So I plan to keep buying vinyl as long as I can find it. :)

BTW, with most of what passes for music these days being trash, I'd rather buy some classics anyway (Beethoven to the Beatles, it all sounds better than the latest teen craze).

Or maybe people will finally realize it's more fun to learn to read music and jam at home themselves like the 100 years ago. And a live concert from a truly talented performer will become a special event again.

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