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The Legal Aspects of MP3 -=- How legit is it really?!?
MP3 - What are the legal issues?
We here at Digital Jams are aware of the legal problems. We are also
looking for input from DJ's/Spinners, Artists, Record Labels & Retail
outlets. If you belong to one of these groups please read the following
before making judgment:
What is the Goal/Purpose of Digital Jams?
Why is there only one song per Artist?
We are not going to sugar coat what Mp3 files are. We could place
disclaimers telling our users to delete the file after they have sampled
it. However, it would be highly unlikely that such disclaimers would
actually work. The next paragraph will entail the truth behind these files
& we would like your input about this.
How To actually to make a free listenable CD with a standard CD player.
This is what we imagine the industry is concerned about. Well here is the
scoop and with a little research you can verify what we say. What is
System: Pentium or greater ($2000)
Personal CD burner ($500)
Blank CD ($10)
28.8k baud modem (100$/20$ per month dialup connection)
128k ISDN (300$/100-200$ per month dedicated connection)
Those are the physical things. Now here are the issues about doing this.
1st you will need to find the music on the net (believe it or not this can
be difficult). Spend 20 min/5min to download each song (This is highly
variable and depends on your connection). Decompress the song, this does
require someone who is technically knowledgeable, so not your average Joe
will be able to figure it out. Now time to burn the disk, you will need a
machine that would seriously be about $2000 to do this, otherwise all your
"burns" or copies would be unsuccessful. Even in the event that you do get
a successful burn (1 in 5 will fail) you do run the risk of failure, now
remember your cost 10$ per blank disk (after 1 failed disk you could have
bought the music, if available). Burned CD's are not as durable as silver
disks life average is about 3yrs, if you don't scratch it, they are also a
quite a bit thinner.
How does the music industry prevent this? You donít. Even if you get a
group of tech's to find out some type of way to prevent someone doing
this. Someone will sure enough find a work around. As long as we can hear
it, we will be able to duplicate it. However, it is possible that if it
was cheap enough (say selling Mp3's from the net), an available enough it
would not be worth the effort to do this. Think about it.
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