Re: MP4

Subject: Re: MP4
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Thu Sep 01 2005 - 12:25:56 EDT

At 05:19 01/09/2005, you wrote:
>actually the current laws dont discriminate between personal and private
>use and filesharing - only the EULA in say, Apple's license grants
>permission for copying. Technically, copying music for use in your car has
>always been illegal even under prior British law - see the flyers at

Possibly, but as I said you're just not going to get arrested for this, no
matter what the law says. Nor are you going to get arrested for cracking
for your own use.

File sharing is a different issue because (the lawyers believe) it has a
direct effect on their revenue stream. But that's a different level.

Personally I wouldn't at all mind some kind of electronic version of a
rights collection service like PRS/MCPS, even on a pay per play basis. The
big problem for music today isn't securing the technology, it's the
lockdown the majors have on the important distribution channels.

A system where it was just as easy to find and play music by A.N. Other as
by Joe Superstar, and both would be paid equally for their efforts would be
a good thing. You could then filter/promote/curate from the bottom up by
buyer interest instead of from the top down by marketing saturation as
today. (iTunes comes close to this, but you still get a ton of promotional
nonsense thrown at you if you try to use it, which favours the big players,
so it's not there yet.)

I would be very surprised if a system like that didn't create a huge
explosion of interest in all kinds of music - probably not enough to make
anyone really rich, but there would be a lot more awareness of the
diversity that's out there, instead of the various monocultures that are
around at the moment.

Of course it's not going to happen because the majors have no interest in
giving up their distribution monopoly, and the anarchists have decided that
paying to listen to music is an anachronism anyway.

Neither of these are good for artists, but it's the way things seem to be


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