if you'd like to offer a handy way for someone who makes his own mix CDs for his own personal use in his own vehicle to pay a per-song royalty to the artist, let me know. in the meantime, perhaps you might wonder how it is that many artists do not care that people do what I do, because as far as they're concerned, you buy the album and it's yours to do with as you wish. these issues were hot potatoes, live as can be, in the Napster suit brought by the RIAA. many artists publicly spoke out in that time period, and said for all to hear that as far as they were concerned, their reason for making music was to make their art and get it out there, and they weren't bothered by home taping and home CD burning. those musicians tell more about whom or what is harmed by home taping.
in my view of the applicable ethics of home taping/CD burning, you don't buy an album with a fixed number of listens kept in mind with the pricing strategy, nor with a fixed period of listening validity in mind. the ability to listen to an album is open ended. if I buy a CD it is mine to listen to in my truck, on my home stereo, on my computer. it is mine to reproduce as .mp3 files for my own listening on my own .mp3 player. for this very reason alone, it is different from a ski lift ticket.
as to potential COMPLETE royalty avoidance, in the cases where someone has kindly granted me a copy of an album BEFORE its commercial release, I have gone and bought the album thereafter.
eMusic and like sites have come closer to achieving the per-song royalty you seem to be angling toward. I have participated as an eMusic customer at times in the past and that's the closest I've seen to the per-song royalty game.
I think you might be better sited to ask how it would be that making a home burned mix CD is hurting anyone else who likes music.
I can easily see how stealing lift services can affect anyone who skis at a lift-served mountain. at a point of cumulative effect, the ski area starts to see all ticket buyers as prepared to "screw" the area and that's probably when the ski area becomes the type that most here are complaining about.
in the end, you have to take like-priced situations if you wish to draw ethical comparisons. the milk analogy I offered to Bonni is the closest I could fathom when talking about ski lift tickets. what's your answer to the milk analogy?
Originally Posted by skier_j
Gonz, this has me puzzled. Truer words haven't been typed in months. I am having trouble managing this thought and some of your argument. The part about pricing having to cover costs and (my assumption) a "reasonable" surplus.
I also have trouble with one other seeming inconsistency that maybe you could clarify.
Quite awhile ago CD burning was a regular passtime of your, correct? I assume it to be still?
If all the CD's you have ever burned have been in order to transfer your own writings from laptop to desktop---then never mind.
If not, how do you reconcile what appears to be an inconsistency in ethics??
Maybe I misread something, eh?