[advocacy] Music Online Competition Act Ramifications??
daniel at mondodesigno.com
Tue Dec 18 06:26:07 PST 2001
> Unless some kind of copy-protection is available (optionally) to
> Ogg files, you will never see big-name music available legally.
This is a commonly held opinion, but I'd like to point out that
pay-to-play downloaded music is neither established nor proven. The
content industry talks as if such a system existed and was already in
use by the majority of people. Time for a reality check?
Personally, I stopped buying pre-recorded music cassettes as soon as
I got a turntable (mainly for reasons of sound quality), but I
carried on using cassette technology for quite a few years after
that. Mostly to make fair-use copies of my own vinyl.
Likewise, Mini Disc (and even DAT) was originally presented as a
pre-recorded format, but I don't think the majority of discs/tapes
going into those machines were ever pre-recorded.
The content/hardware industries will always present any new
technology as if its only use was to play their ready-made 'carrot'.
Think of the number of Sony Walkmans (and clones) sold without a
record button, or line input. When we refuse to limit ourselves, out
comes the legal stick.
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