[rumori] Re: pho: The CD copy machine

From: Don Joyce (djATwebbnet.com)
Date: Sat Apr 20 2002 - 06:24:58 PDT

"...new machines in convenience stores that make counterfeiting as easy as
buying a newspaper."

("counterfeiting" is the wrong word above - that word should be reserved
for the resale of copied material exclusively.)

Below is yet another example of a personal copying procedure that can,
altogether, be an alternative to buying the original, OR a cheap and easy
way to copy something one has no intention of ever buying anyway (and
therefore a perfectly good idea for spreading culture beyond what
pocketbooks will opt for.) How much of each is involved is utterly unknown
and unknowable, but both are equally real. The former hurts the business of
selling creator controled copies and the latter does not. The intent to
crush the former possibility even if it eliminates the latter as well is
why the culture industries are now seen as the enemy of cultural
acquisition in the digital age.

The culture business is destined to perpetually antagonize its own market
as long as it insists on sticking to its former laws of supply and demand
when there aren't any anymore in digitized products. How long are they
going to prefer to be seen as using Queen Of Hearts' logic? (What's not
there IS there! Off with their heads!) Hint: Don't ask the general public
to be as self-righteously delusional about digital realities as your
self-serving economic "goals" are demanding you be. You are no longer in
charge of released digital products, THEY are. You can no longer control
digital reproduction... but you could KEEP TRACK of what is out of your

These Australian CD copy machines could easily be equiped by law to see
payment ID recognition on anything copied in them which is so encoded,
allotting part of the copying fee to the creator of precisely what is being
copied through a central, non-profit, digital medium access tax collecting
and creator compensation agency.
100% non-intrusive, entirely invisible, creator accurately compensated per
usage, no tracking of user identity or activities, copying customer
obliviously happy, 'nuff said. Once you can get paid for user acts of
digital copying, copying becomes enthusiastically encouraged rather than
prohibited. Amazing cultural turn around, eh?

Creator compensation coming from medium access taxes and allotted through
individual Payment IDs encoded into all reproduction formats is the ONLY
way I can think of to save capitalism's role in the distribution of
digitized culture. It's the only way to keep getting paid per use while
keeping yer filthy hands OFF user perogatives and sharing activities, which
is the only way to make friends with them now.

Hardly anyone here is responding to this idea, and I suppose you all are
reserving such a "lesser" possible option for intellectual fall-back
contingency purposes if stop-and-pay and anti-copy schemes can't be made to
work. Well, that time is already here. You will only have a certain amout
of time to economically hang on as unmonitored copying passes right by your
pre-digital, unit selling business model. In order to actually survive this
transition in cultural product usage which is proceeding with or without
you, shouldn't you start changing your mind about the inviolability of
stop-and-pay commerce in the digital domain pretty soon?

>In an article in the BBC News. Note the following
>"The coin-operated systems are designed to beat
>sophisticated anti-copying devices built into some
>compact discs."
>Copycat CDs in an instant
>A copyright warning is on all the machines
>By Phil Mercer
>In Australia
>Australia's booming trade in illegally copied CDs and
>computer software has moved into the high street with
>new machines in convenience stores that make
>counterfeiting as easy as buying a newspaper.
>The coin-operated systems are designed to beat
>sophisticated anti-copying devices built into some
>compact discs.
>Everyone on the roundabout misses out
>Michael Speck, music piracy investigator
>The Copy Cat CD Duplicators charge just A$5 (1.84),
>plus the cost of a blank disc (74p), to make digitally
>identical copies of CDs.
>In less than 10 minutes a perfect replica is made for
>a quarter of the price charged in record shops.
>The machines are already in operation in many stores
>in the south Australian capital, Adelaide.
>It is another headache for piracy investigators, who
>estimate bootlegging costs the Australian music
>industry A$70m (25.8m) in lost revenue every year.
>The real figure, however, could be much greater. The
>hidden costs could be double this official assessment.
>Adelaide singer Tanya Giobbi is worried by the burners
>The head of Australia's Music Industry Piracy
>Investigation Unit (MIPA), Michael Speck, said the
>illegal trade in CDs and software was becoming
>"These guys are enriching themselves through other
>people's work. It's theft, pure and simple," Mr Speck
>Penalties for CD-copying range from fines of up to
>A$6,000 (2,200) to three months in jail.
>The duplicating machines operate under the same
>legislation as public photocopiers, which means the
>user, and not the owner of the equipment, bears the
>responsibility for copyright breaches.
>One store owner said the coin-operated machines were
>popular among teenagers.
>"If they ask, we tell them it is illegal to break
>copyrights and there are warnings on the machines, but
>what they copy is up to them," he said.
>There is no other product that is subjected to this
>kind of wholesale theft
>Glenn A Baker, music expert
>Australia has one of the biggest and busiest
>anti-piracy squads in the world. Last year it carried
>out 36 raids in conjunction with police raids.
>Fifty cases are awaiting prosecution. Despite these
>efforts, the relentless expansion of the pirates'
>lucrative business goes on.
>Mr Speck says the CD bandits continue to bleed money
>from the music industry.
>"Everyone on the roundabout misses out, from
>independent record stores, artists and roadies to
>publicists and the taxman. They're the silent
>Australian music expert Glenn Baker told the Adelaide
>Advertiser that the copying of music from indigenous
>bands in particular was "morally reprehensible" and he
>"couldn't imagine anything more potentially
>devastating for the music industry".
>What is also worrying the music industry is the
>explosion in domestic counterfeiting. Sales of home CD
>copying machines in Australia, known as burners, have
>risen sharply.
>"There is no other product that is subjected to this
>kind of wholesale theft," Mr Baker said. "We can't
>just take this."
>The convenience store CD burners are treated as a
>minor irritant compared to fully mobile counterfeiting
>operations run by organised crime gangs, which rake in
>millions of dollars in Australia each year.
>They are difficult to find and successful prosecutions
>are rare.
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