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Old 12-28-2013, 06:17 PM
AnthG AnthG is offline
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The issue is still the same though, with the creator of the product (in this case, the artist and record company) not receiving compensation for a person receiving it. The retailer benefits from it, but with new CDs they pay the record label or distributor for those CDs before they sell them to customers. They're doing the same thing with used CDs by paying the person selling it to them, but that person was not the creator of the product.

And unlike the secondary market for other products, where once that product changes hands the original owner has no access to it unless he purchases another one, CDs don't have that restriction with the ability to rip it to .mp3 or any other digital format. So it has the same effect as distributing that album for free if you legally purchased it.

Scenario 1: Person buys a CD, listens to it for how many days/weeks/months/years, legally creates digital copy, sells it to CD store, CD store sells it to customer 2. Result: 2 customers have the album with the artist and label only receiving proper compensation for 1 customer.

Scenario 2: Person buys a CD, creates digital copy, distributes digital copy to another person for free. Result: 2 customers have the album with the artist and label only receiving proper compensation for 1 customer.

And in scenario 2, which has been established is the morally wrong scenario, the person who bought the CD and distributing it is not receiving any compensation for doing so. In Scenario 1, they're receiving compensation when they sell it to the used CD store, however small it might be.

Also unlike the secondary market for other products where the wear and turn on them drastically diminishes the quality and performance of the product by the time it changes hands, CDs can still work perfectly. There's the issue of the artwork and packaging getting damaged, but the main attraction, the music, is still there. There's risks of scratching, but that's hardly an issue any more. I've ripped many scratched CDs onto my computer with the resulting mp3 files working flawlessly.

I also don't know what you mean by fans downloading music and buying a concert ticket for that same band "not the norm", as it appears to be happening all the time. There are people on this message board who have attested to doing so. And if it weren't the case, that wouldn't explain why a band can say, only sell 10,000 copies of their album but will still play in front of 500 people a night on their 30-show headlining tour.

Last edited by AnthG; 12-28-2013 at 06:23 PM.
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