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RE: Slagging Over Sagging CD Sales

Although I'm not sure what this article has to do with licensing issues in
libraries, I found it interesting.  Especially the parts Chuck snipped
out, which offer the other side's perspective on this contentious issue.

Rick Anderson
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> [mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu]On Behalf Of Hamaker, Chuck
> Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 6:08 PM
> To: Liblicense-L (E-mail)
> Subject: Slagging Over Sagging CD Sales
> http://www.wired.com/news/mp3/0,1285,51880,00.html
> Slagging Over Sagging CD Sales
> By Brad King
> 2:00 a.m. April 17, 2002 PDT
> Digital piracy caused a drop in worldwide record sales, according to a
> report conducted by a trade association that represents the biggest record
> companies in the world.
> But an increasing chorus of industry watchers -- ranging from musicians to
> consumer rights organizations to a federal judge -- point to other
> culprits: the record labels themselves.
> snip
> "I would suggest that the labels have lost touch with their customers and
> that retail stores don't work as a destination," said Dave Allen, a
> founding member of the band Gang of Four
> <http://www.emdac.demon.co.uk/phil/gof/gof_indx.html>. "The industry has
> managed to disenfranchise at least two generations of CD buyers; and kids
> these days who do buy CDs turn around and burn multiple copies for their
> buddies."
> snip
> Many feel the music industry is using the lag in CD sales to push for
> restrictive measures that would ultimately give big business control over
> how consumers can listen, watch and store their digital media
> Article identified in Olga Francois, "In the News"
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