is music piracy?
Q. How much damage does
music piracy do?
Q. What is online piracy?
Q. How much is the music
industry losing to online piracy?
Q. Who gets hurt by music
Q. What do pirates copy?
Q. If bootlegs arenít released
into the market and consumers canít get a live concert recording
otherwise, there are no displaced sales. Why is that considered
Q. Is "sampling" considered
Q. How can you tell if a
CD is counterfeit or pirated?
Q. What is a CD-Recordable and how can you tell the difference?
is music piracy?
A. The general term "piracy" refers to
the illegal duplication and distribution of sound recordings and
includes four specific forms:
recordings are the unauthorized duplications of only the
sound of legitimate recordings. The packaging may not duplicate
the original art, label, title, sequencing, combination of titles
recordings are the unauthorized recordings of a musical broadcast
on radio or television or of a live concert -- also known as underground
recordings are unauthorized recordings of the prerecorded
sound as well as the unauthorized duplication of original artwork,
label, trademark and packaging.
piracy refers to the unauthorized download of sound recordings
from Internet sites. Downloading even one song onto a PC is piracy,
even if it isnít resold.
much damage does music piracy do?
A. The industry loses about $5 billion
every year to piracy worldwide -- $1 million a day in the United
States alone. (These figures only include physical product.)
is online piracy?
A. Itís playing or downloading from the
Internet songs and lyrics without getting authorization to, and
without compensating the artists. Unauthorized Internet music
archive sites using MIDI technology or MP3 files provide illegal
sound recordings online to anyone for downloading into a personal
computer. They are often then reproduced and played indefinitely
without compensation to the artists.
much is the music industry losing to online piracy?
A. Currently, RIAA is only able to provide
anecdotal information of losses to the industry based on evidence
uncovered in the discovery phase of their past litigation against
illegal music archive sites using MP3 technology.
gets hurt by music piracy?
A. Consumers lose: Piracy drives
up the price of legitimate recordings. The sound and materials
of pirated music are also often of a poor quality, and the product
canít be returned.
Artists, musicians, songwriters and producers lose: They
donít get the royalties and fees theyíve earned -- and 95% of
all artists depend on fees to make a living. Their reputations
also suffer when the fakes are of poor quality.
Retailers and distributors lose: Their prices canít compete
with those of illegal vendors, which means less business and fewer
Record companies lose: 85% of all the recordings issued
donít even make back their costs. Record companies rely on the
remaining 15% of recordings that are successful to subsidize less
profitable types of music, to cover the costs of developing new
artists and to keep their businesses operational.
do pirates copy?
A. The hits. The illegal marketplace copycats
the legitimate market. Whatís at the top of the charts is whatís
on the piratesí Top 100.
bootlegs arenít released into the market and consumers canít get
a live concert recording otherwise, there are no displaced sales.
Why is that considered piracy?
A. Bootleg recordings do compete with
previously released recordings. But more importantly, performers
deserve (and legally retain) the right to control the content,
reproduction and distribution of their own performances.
"sampling" considered piracy?
A. Sampling describes two separate uses
of recorded music. In the first, an artist uses a sample of another
song -- often a familiar song by another performer -- to provide
musical material for their own composition. In the second, a consumer
downloads a portion of recorded music. Sampling is considered piracy; therefore, radio and nightclub disc jockeys along with other "samplers" are not exempt from
copyright laws. Each song they use must be authorized- even if the CD is made by a legitimate manufacturer.
can you tell if a CD is counterfeit or pirated?
these seven points:
- The packaging
has blurry graphics, weak or bad color.
- The package
or disc has misspelled words.
- The price
is often way below retail value.
buying it not in a store but at a flea market, from a street
vendor, at a swap meet, or in a concert parking lot.
- The record
label is missing or itís a company youíve never heard of.
- It has
cheaply made insert cards, often without liner notes or multiple
- The sound
quality is poor.
is a CD-Recordable and how can you tell the difference?
A. With the new problem of CD-Recordables
or CD-Rs, which cost only $400 for the hardware and $1 for a blank
disc, RIAA has confiscated 23,858 illegal CD-Rs, as opposed to
87 in the same period last year. But, CD-Rs are easy to spot.
These CDs are typically gold on one side with a greenish tint
on the non-graphic or "read-only" side. Major record companies
generally do not release products in this format, so consumers
can be aware of the illicit recordings.