Bruce (kor27) wrote,


Monday night, one of the tiny group there talked to me about how their old KJ in LA was willing to put a turnkey karaoke system together for them for a mere $3,000 - and that they'd throw in their whole collection for free.

I really don't know how to respond in those cases. I believe I said something about actually buying my music - to which I got a response on the order of "he's willing to give it all to me."

I gave up. There's a certain level of cluelessness that I just don't feel up to dealing with.

Yes, he can, physically, hand you the whole collection. Given the reports of the size of the collection in question, he probably got it off torrents, anyway. Just as I can, physically, go rifle through your girlfriend's purse when she's not looking.

That doesn't make it legal, and in fact it could land you in a lot of trouble. Probably not, but it could.

As far as I can tell, it doesn't happen too often because karaoke companies aren't exactly rolling in dough. But it does happen.

Not that I feel particular happy cheering on Sound Choice. They're one of those companies that has blamed everything that's happened to them on piracy - while alienating their customers through their "anti-piracy" efforts.

My favorite - and the one that, as far as I can tell, really marked the beginning of their downward spiral - was when they produced CDs that didn't match the standard format, on the theory that they'd play in normal players, but wouldn't be properly readable in PC CD drives.

The problem being that (1) a number of the commercial CD players on the market were basically PCs in a box, and couldn't read the discs, and (2) it took about a month for software to appear that could read them in a standard PC. They actually increased the likelihood of people ripping their discs.

Not that this is particularly surprising. All DRM ever does is penalize honest people, in many cases to the extent that they turn to piracy.

The latest bit is that they apparently want a license fee for every disc of theirs that's been transferred to hard drive for commercial purposes. Which, as far as I can tell, is piracy in itself. Commercial use or not, as long as there is no financial harm to them, format shifting is still Fair Use. It's simply a matter of ensuring that only one copy of the work is in use at any one time.


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