RE: Introduction of the Music Owners Listening Rights Act of 2000

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From: Damien Morton (
Date: Wed Sep 27 2000 - 11:22:36 PDT

Ok, so I own a CD. This gives me the right to listen the music on that CD
anytime I choose. That right is mine, and I own it.

So now me and my freinds pool together our rights into a cooperative scheme
in which these rights tokens are shared amongst us on an as-needed basis.

I want to listen to Nick Cave, I go to the co-op, withdraw a listening right
and listen away. When Im done, I put the listening right back. The total
number of Nick Cave listening rights that need to be purchased is the same
as the maximum number of listeners at any given moment. Extend that to a
global level, and the number of CD sales is substantially smaller than would
otherwise be sold.

Some rough numbers: I own 100 CDs and can only listen to one at a time. Lets
say that some CDs are 10 times more popular than others, our little co-op
needs less than 1/10 of the music listening rights that we would need

The success of this legislatory scheme rests upon supressing the ability of
people to transfer their properties (in this case rights) to each other. It
rests on supressing the ability of people to economically co-operate.

And so we return to the basic problem. The music industry needs to control
the movement of something that has no substance and very little form.

Performing arts are now a service, and no longer a property.

Its a harsh harsh world when you loose your royalties and start gettng paid
by the hour again. Tough.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Whore []
> Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 1:24 PM
> To: Adam L. Beberg
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: Introduction of the Music Owners Listening Rights Act of
> 2000
> On Wed, 27 Sep 2000, Adam L. Beberg wrote:
> --]Reading this it sounds narrow... is my portable mp3 player
> legal, how
> --]about taping a CD... doesn't sound like this helps...
> --]They need to take the word "internet" completely out of
> this thing and
> --]make listening to music i own legal ANY way i want to listen.
> --]
> It was my understanding that an older act made personal
> copies of legal
> owned msuic totaly within the rights of the buyer. Thus
> cassete tapes and
> other media copies were legit so long as there was no trading or
> tranfering. Thus your rio is a ok, as is a mp3 copy or a cd copy or a
> nontech copy that sits near your audio nerves for handy
> playback direct
> tot he raw ins.
> The matter here is that , and lets face it thats what this is
> reacting to in the short run, went and stored a bunch of
> msuic for me. I
> didnt store it there, they did, thius the matter of PERSONAL become
> corporate and everyones hackles went up.
> Yea this little bit of pont he floor fluffery is 90% image gloss and
> positioning. BUT it is 10% a good lead into other things. The whole
> copyright system has far outstriped its original purpose. If
> something is
> not done soon then the nevaux tech class of criminal will grow ever
> upward.
> [---=== WSMF ----]

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