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Extending Pop Music Copyrights 709

Posted by Hemos
from the but-of-course dept.
InklingBooks writes "According to TimesOnLine, the UK is considering doubling the copyright term for popular music to 100 years. That means the Beatles' "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me," scheduled to to go into the public domain in 2013, would earn royalties for record companies until 2063."
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Extending Pop Music Copyrights

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @07:52AM (#12745250)
    I know I'll be modded down for this. Yay for groupthink.

    As a record store owner, my business faces ruin. CD sales have dropped through the floor. People aren't buying half as many CDs as they did just a year ago. Revenue is down and costs are up. My store has survived for years, but I now face the prospect of bankruptcy. Every day I ask myself why this is happening.

    I bought the store about 12 years ago. It was one of those boutique record stores that sell obscure, independent releases that no-one listens to, not even the people that buy them. I decided that to grow the business I'd need to aim for a different demographic, the family market. My store specialised in family music - stuff that the whole family could listen to. I don't sell sick stuff like Marilyn Manson or cop-killer rap, and I'm proud to have one of the most extensive Christian rock sections that I know of.

    The business strategy worked. People flocked to my store, knowing that they (and their children) could safely purchase records without profanity or violent lyrics. Over the years I expanded the business and took on more clean-cut and friendly employees. It took hard work and long hours but I had achieved my dream - owning a profitable business that I had built with my own hands, from the ground up. But now, this dream is turning into a nightmare.

    Every day, fewer and fewer customers enter my store to buy fewer and fewer CDs. Why is no one buying CDs? Are people not interested in music? Do people prefer to watch TV, see films, read books? I don't know. But there is one, inescapable truth - Internet piracy is mostly to blame. The statistics speak for themselves - one in three discs world wide is a pirate. On The Internet, you can find and download hundreds of dollars worth of music in just minutes. It has the potential to destroy the music industry, from artists, to record companies to stores like my own. Before you point to the supposed "economic downturn", I'll note that the book store just across from my store is doing great business. Unlike CDs, it's harder to copy books over The Internet.

    A week ago, an unpleasant experience with pirates gave me an idea. In my store, I overheard a teenage patron talking to his friend.

    "Dude, I'm going to put this CD on the Internet right away."

    "Yeah, dude, that's really lete [sic], you'll get lots of respect."

    I was fuming. So they were out to destroy the record industry from right under my nose? Fat chance. When they came to the counter to make their purchase, I grabbed the little shit by his shirt. "So...you're going to copy this to your friends over The Internet, punk?" I asked him in my best Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry voice.

    "Uh y-yeh." He mumbled, shocked.

    "That's it. What's your name? You're blacklisted. Now take yourself and your little bitch friend out of my store - and don't come back." I barked. Cravenly, they complied and scampered off.

    So that's my idea - a national blacklist of pirates. If somebody cannot obey the basic rules of society, then they should be excluded from society. If pirates want to steal from the music industry, then the music industry should exclude them. It's that simple. One strike, and you're out - no reputable record store will allow you to buy another CD. If the pirates can't buy the CDS to begin with, then they won't be able to copy them over The Internet, will they? It's no different to doctors blacklisting drug dealers from buying prescription medicine.

    I have just written a letter to the RIAA outlining my proposal. Suing pirates one by one isn't going far enough. Not to mention pirates use the fact that they're being sued to unfairly portray themselves as victims. A national register of pirates would make the problem far easier to deal with. People would be encouraged to give the names of suspected pirates to a hotline, similar to TIPS. Once we know the size of the problem, the police and other law enforcement agencies will be forced to take piracy seriously. They have fought the W
  • by MarsDude (74832) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @07:52AM (#12745251) Homepage
    'strawberry fields forever'

    well.. another 50 years feels like forever to me :-)
  • Love (Score:5, Funny)

    by MarsDude (74832) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:02AM (#12745322) Homepage
    Love love me doe
    I act like a ho
    You'll pay me some mo
    so pleeeaaaheaaheaheaaaaasssee

    Give me doe !!

  • by njcoder (657816) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:02AM (#12745329)
    Well, I guess now we know those christian music listening, family oriented, clean cut types love to pirate music. So much for family values. Servers you right for targetting your business to such a degenerate crowd.
  • by rockspider (823539) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:11AM (#12745380)
    One advantage of this is that it will be a little more difficult for crappy adds to use beatles tunes to advertise their products. Imagine "strawberry fields forever" to a streets icecream
  • Re:Why not? (Score:1, Funny)

    by MaynardJanKeymeulen (768541) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:18AM (#12745425) Homepage
    "Live and let die" isn't a Beatles song, you nitwit!
    It's McCartney&Wings.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:28AM (#12745503)
    That fact that you live in France simply means you don't work more than 3 hours a year and therefore the only way for you to have any music is to download it.
  • by ZorroXXX (610877) <hlovdal@3.1415926gmail.com minus pi> on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:29AM (#12745508)
    I think Douglas Adams was quite on spot in one of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books [injustice.net.nz] where he describes a bar populated with somewhat less attractive clients:

    He glanced around at the motley collection of thugs, pimps and record company executives that skulked on the edges of the dim pools of light with which the dark shadows of the bar's inner recesses were pitted. They were all very deliberately looking in any direction but his now, carefully picking up the threads of their former conversations about murders, drug rings and music publishing deals.

  • Re:Why not? (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @08:35AM (#12745545)
    Coming soon, the "Saving Puppies and Kittens Copyright Fairness Act", which, in part, extends copyright to "the life of the author, plus however long it's been since Walt Disney died".

    To, uh, fight terrorism. Because if Mickey becomes public domain, then the terrorists will have already won. Against puppies and kittens. Won't somebody think of the children?
  • Re:Pervert? (Score:5, Funny)

    by huge colin (528073) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @10:07AM (#12746275) Journal
    for no reason other than being really, really weird. And that shouldn't be a crime in America.

    Disagree. Have you seen how weird he is?
  • Re:Pervert? (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @10:36AM (#12746578)
    I just hope the truth comes out. And that would be that old men have been touching Micheal Jackson inappropriately his whole life and he doesnt think there is anything wrong with it. I would just hope this exposes the perversion in the entire music industry and doesnt just focus on one person.
  • by StarKruzr (74642) on Tuesday June 07, 2005 @12:20PM (#12747891) Journal
    Mickey Mouse should have entered the public domain in 1935.

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