- 17 Apr 08, 19:20 GMT
I completely missed this story earlier in the week - so my thanks to the Guardian and others who reported it.
Essentially the British Phonographic Industry - that's the UK record industry - is arguing that there should be a tax on devices that allow you to format shift.
You can read the BPI's letter here.
They are asking for a license to be levied on every device that facilitates format shifting - ie copying.
The letter says:
Enormous value is derived by those technology companies and manufacturers who enable consumers to copy. UK creators and rights owners are legally entitled to share in this value - as they hold the exclusive right to reproduce their music - but are currently excluded from the value chain.
My hunch is that most ordinary readers of this blog will find this suggestion laughable.
But I would love to hear from a musician, an artist, a band who feel this suggestion has merit.
Not a producer, or publisher, or record label - but the creative talent, the song-writer, the session musician etc.
Please - if you are one of those and feel that the ability to copy a track from a CD to an iPod is taking food from your table, then let us know.
After all, the BPI purports to represent you.
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