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August 6th, 2002

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04:28 pm - legal eagle
other than how long you're allowed to keep the product, are libraries and mp3-trading programs different in any fundamental way? did book publishers ever sue the govt to stop libraries? (or do libraries need the publisher's permission to stock their books?) in fact, libraries are better, because mp3s are rarely cd quality. and due to the way the businesses work, book publishers run more risk than music companies when a book/cd doesn't sell (publishers buy back copies of books that aren't selling, but a record store is stuck with all the cds they order until they get rid of them)
what would you think of a napster where all the songs only played for a few weeks after you downloaded them?

also.. for those of you who have mp3s of bands you don't own the cd for.. how do you justify that? is that particularly different than stealing the cd itself?
np: James Kochalka Superstar - - - Ocean of Girls

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Date:August 6th, 2002 09:59 pm (UTC)
I have tons of mp3s for songs I don't own on CD. I don't justify it. But some reasons:

- The song is the only one I like off a CD (or even by an artist), and think $20 for one song is a waste of money.
- It's on a CD I would like to own, but can't find/afford, or plan to own in the near future.

I also don't justify it, as I said. I don't feel bad about "bleeding" a business that cheats its employers immensely, to the point where royalties are practically a joke (considering the bosses lie about them, etc.)

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Date:August 7th, 2002 11:49 am (UTC)
i dunno, we have recall, dude.
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Date:August 9th, 2002 02:52 am (UTC)
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Date:August 9th, 2002 07:19 am (UTC)
they have us send back items that aren't selling well.
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Date:August 9th, 2002 10:03 pm (UTC)
ah. i didnt think record stores could do that
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Date:August 10th, 2002 06:17 am (UTC)
i don't see how they couldn't. They'd get drastically overstocked. I know that we get at least two or three huge boxes of shipment every thursday, in addition to a few here and there otherwise (special orders and new releases) I doubt we sell as fast as we're bringing them in, so every so often they send us a thousand sheets of paper that have an artist and a title and a command to take thismany but make sure you leave this many (according to stock)
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Date:August 15th, 2002 08:28 am (UTC)
maybe stores that can't send stuff back don't order as much in the 1st place? or maybe i just misinterpreted wherever i got my information from, i dunno

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