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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 9:40:50 AM PDT
S. Rice says:
Would you steal the t-shirt if you knew you wouldn't get caught?

No, you don't have to delete your rips from used CDs you purchased because it's not illegal. Used CD sales are protected by first-sale doctrine in copyright laws.
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Posted on Jun 26, 2012 2:54:25 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Man, I'd better trash those recordings of American Top 40 from elementary school. Pretty sure that's not on. I don't want to bring down Huey Lewis' legal team on me, or Casey Kasem. I've heard how he gets as it is coming out of an uptempo record to talk about someone's dog dying.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 3:27:37 PM PDT
S. Rice says:
Hilarious! Casey Kasem is a legend.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 5:42:04 PM PDT
tmoore says:
<<< 15 gb of Velvet Underground and Big Star...

Sounds like she's got excellent taste.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 6:15:16 PM PDT
To me, the most tragic message that comes from Miss Emily is this, she believes and means what she says. I can't wrap my head around her perspective because she lives in a generation that is foreign to me. I don't sense that she means anyone harm, I just feel that she is telling us the way that it is from her generational point of view. It makes me scared for the future of our artists...

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 6:46:22 PM PDT
D. Mok says:
Sell her into slavery. Then see what she says about people ripping her off just because they think they're entitled.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2012 6:43:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 27, 2012 6:46:32 PM PDT
Lawa says:
You make a good point that this is a generational thing. I read an article several years ago that talked about how music for Gen X and older has a tangible component. We stood in line on the day of release or ran from one store to the next in the mall to see if they had the particular album we wanted. We flipped through albums/tape/cds to find something that sparked our interest. We couldn't listen to the new music until we reached a player; if we were lucky we were able to play our new music on the ride home. For the most part, we listened to music while in our homes or cars. We had various versions of walkmans but they were often bulky and ran through battery power quickly so we used those only for certain situations. Finally, we HAD to have a tangible recording of our music because otherwise it wasn't available to us. If you didn't own the album and you wanted to hear a song you had to find a friend to borrow it from or call a radio station and hope they played your request.

On the other hand, this generation has never had a tangible aspect to their music. Players are easily portable and don't require masses of batteries. The internet has made everything instantly available. You can look up a new song on youtube or other services to hear it anytime you want. Once they downloaded the music it was always available to them 24/7. As technology improved they could use an app to identify a song the first time they heard it and download it immediately. No waiting. Music has always been instantly available to them through the internet. Their music libraries are more fluid because they can instantly add to them but they also have no qualms about removing a song. Why insist on collecting the music when it is easily accessible at a later point in time? Last years song that was on constant replay is easily replaced. They don't even have to buy the whole album to get their favorite song. And while we had to deal with changing mediums, the digital age has made everything compatible for later technology. The lack of a tangible aspect to the music probably has a great deal to do with the thinking that it isn't theft.

There are positives to the change in the music industry. Music is more affordable and open to more people. The internet exposes us to a greater variety of musicians and offers chances to artists not promoted by big companies. On the other hand, music is so selective that people miss out on some great songs because they downloaded only the current hit rather than the album. Record companies and radio stations are more focused only on the big new hits that bring in listeners and are afraid to play anything not currently a hit because they will lose listeners- which means that music is becoming less diversified. The challenge is to find a way to bring about the best of both worlds together.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 7:42:31 PM PDT
J. Beaver says:
When I was a young man, hanging out at the record store was a social activity. And listening to music was often social as well. We'd badger the clerk about when a certain new release would arrive, then rush to the store to buy it, hurry home, spark up a fatboy, and check it out as a group. We listened to albums in their entirety on a quality system. We didn't shuffle or skip tracks. The sequence of songs was as much a part of the experience as the songs themselves. Music wasn't just background noise to have playing while you cleaned house; it was something to set aside time for, and sit down and pay attention to, just like a movie or a book. Music is a much more solitary activity for the younger generation, isolating themselves with their "earbuds" and restricting themselves mostly to individual tracks. Some artists are nearly impossible to "get" from a single track. Sad that most younger people will never get to enjoy music the way we did. Sadder still is that they don't even realize they're missing anything.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 10:30:27 AM PDT
Emery Would says:
I reject the notion that albums exist to be played start to finish in one go. Does the artist really expect you to listen to the record in the same way at breakfast as you would at 3 a.m.? If Sgt. Pepper isn't over before I finish my trip, am I expected to wait in my car until the end of a note that only dogs can hear?

The Beatles themselves repackaged their albums in myriad ways for cash. Yes, I sometimes enjoy the album experience, but there's no crime in skipping dreck like "Lovely Rita," whether it's on a hallowed album or a greatest hits cash-in.
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