Re: Napster: thoughts and comments?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Wed Jul 12 2000 - 08:38:40 MDT

"Emlyn (onetel)" wrote:
> Mike Lorrey wrote:
> > All that Metallica's snitty little performance is going to do is increase
> the
> > level of piracy of its recordings. Most fans don't give a shit if Lars
> wants
> > another Lamborghini for his collection. The free market is a two way
> > transaction.
> (Sorry I chopped out the rest of your post, Mike; very informative. Thanks)
> By the way, Metallica has always (until now) condoned bootlegging of it's
> gigs too. I can't remember what it's called, but there is at least one
> collection of video bootlegs gathered up by the band and released
> comercially. They also supported taping records, and CDs. The problem is
> with 100% perfect digital reproduction.

WHich is bullshit. Lars claims that MP3 downloads are a 'perfect' reproduction
of the digital track. Not true. MP3 downloads are perfect reproductions of the
original MP3 file on the server whish is an imperfect reproduction of the
original CD master. MP3 is nowhere near CD quality. The claim of 'perfect
reproduction' is a false straw man the recording industry is trying to use to
shut down this format specifically because it has outcompeted their own file
format that is licensable, trackable, and able to be controlled on a pay per
play basis.

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