[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: (TV) (long OT) Re: bootleg
As far as bootlegging of Televisions shows goes, I am not
inclined to become too annoyed. Anyone who is inclined to
become very righteous about it should consider it from an
economic point of view.
First, one needs to distinguish between making and selling
illegal copies of commercial albums, which is violation of
copyright, pure and simple, and bootlegging live shows--
especially shows of bands that never release live albums.
and to distinguish between bootlegging and trading live shows for no
money. Every time I read a discussion on the ethics of bootlegging, I
wonder how much real (i.e., for profit) bootlegging is still going
on, now that good recording equipment has become small and relatively
cheap, as has reproduction technology, and now that the Internet has
facilitated trading among like-minded fans. Certainly there are
artists who object to taping and trading of their shows (sometimes, I
think, because they're under the misimpression that it's being done
by bootleggers), and certainly there are people who try to exploit
suckers on eBay by selling unauthorized recordings that people could
easily get free if they knew how. But there are people on eBay trying
to exploit suckers by selling all kinds of stuff people could get
cheaper (free being at the far end of cheaper); that's not a problem
specific to recordings.
To post: Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To unsubscribe: Mail email@example.com with message "unsubscribe tv"