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Reply #240 posted 01/22/14 8:10pm

nursev

NinaB said:



nursev said:


This thread has bootlegging and dickriding popcorn

My favourite post giggle lol falloff



Stop it... falloff
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Reply #241 posted 01/22/14 8:10pm

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Stymie said:

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Nope.

falloff Between this post and NinaB, ill be laughing for the rest of the night. lol

Nice one thumbs up!

"We just let people talk & say whatever they want 2 say. 9 times out of 10, trust me, what's out there now, I wouldn't give nary one of these folks the time of day. That's why I don't say anything back, because there's so much that's wrong" - P, Dec '15
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Reply #242 posted 01/22/14 9:12pm

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PoorLonelyComputer said:

nursev said:

If it wasnt for bootleggers his career wouldve been over years ago. He has done so much to make people forget him and they have. Yes bootlegging is wrong, but how long is he gonna pursue these lawsuits? And who is next? Dude will even go after regular ass fans...really sad.

Bingo.

Nursev sort of true, however, if you don't sue to protect your copyright you run the risk of losing your copyright and your music becoming public domain. So, you may not sue everyone, but you definitely want to sue the bigger culprits. (Now other countries may have different laws making it harder for Prince to hold on to his copyrights.)If he doesn't put effort in controlling the music then Prince wont own his music anymore and the public will, allowing for anyone to use it anytime, anywhere. Upholding your copyright by law and agreement is part of having a copyright.

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Reply #243 posted 01/22/14 9:18pm

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Stymie said:

kCool is the orger most likely to be Prince. lol

Hey, Stymie! wave

First off never heard of any of those sites. Apparently, I'm not the one to ask for boots! (Cuz I'm not.)

Kcool couldn't be Prince he would never suck up to Will Smith.

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Reply #244 posted 01/22/14 9:49pm

Superconductor

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kewlschool said:

PoorLonelyComputer said:

Bingo.

Nursev sort of true, however, if you don't sue to protect your copyright you run the risk of losing your copyright and your music becoming public domain. So, you may not sue everyone, but you definitely want to sue the bigger culprits. (Now other countries may have different laws making it harder for Prince to hold on to his copyrights.)If he doesn't put effort in controlling the music then Prince wont own his music anymore and the public will, allowing for anyone to use it anytime, anywhere. Upholding your copyright by law and agreement is part of having a copyright.

What? Where did you get that from?

Certainly the onus is on the copyright owner to enforce infringements of their copyright but it doesn't extinguish, not even after the copyright owner has died.

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Reply #245 posted 01/22/14 10:23pm

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The case is another sign that mr Prince still doesn't get it.

The fact that these outlets exist is because there is demand.

Mr. '#1 at the bank' cannot monetize that demand for certain reasons but those are his problem.

With the case he is projecting the problem onto others.

And no, this does not mean he has to release all stuff.

But a slightly different approach could fix this situation swiftly.

Pills and thrills and daffodils will kill... If you don't believe me or don't get it, I don't have time to try to convince you, sorry.
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Reply #246 posted 01/22/14 10:33pm

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Oh, BTW, this suit will not fix anything about the situation.

It's the 21st century.

We have torrents and technology is progressing slowly but steadily.

Stuff will be more and more decentralised, less likely to be tracable, less likely to be stopped.

We have the Streisand effect with a twist: it's getting easier.

See the efforts by e.g. the folks of the Piratebay and mr DotCom.

They're building networks over the internet with built-in encryption, anonymisation, etc.

This will bring us to a situation like back in the days of cassette tape trading: riskless trading with people you know at the click of a mouse.

Pills and thrills and daffodils will kill... If you don't believe me or don't get it, I don't have time to try to convince you, sorry.
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Reply #247 posted 01/22/14 10:57pm

CocoRock

KCOOLMUZIQ said:

luv4u said:


And that 'dude' will never forget ! Gave his report on what a wonderful time he had, awwwww, sweet!

Yes it was!!! It proves Prince really does care about his REAL fans, MALE & female. But U should consider getting all the moderators together and making a decision, 2 shut this site down completely! Its become too negative and full of evil RATCHET people...

LMMFBAO!!! Girl, you are a trip! lol lol lol

Real talk though, if more than a couple people are telling me about myself, I would back the fuck up and acknowledge that I'm the common denominator, take a look at things, and try to get right.

But that's just me. You keep doing you booboo, cuz you know, it's everybody ELSE that's ratchet. wink

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Reply #248 posted 01/22/14 10:58pm

CocoRock

nursev said:

NinaB said:

Or kfool as cocorock says falloff

LMAO falloff

lol lol lol

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Reply #249 posted 01/22/14 11:02pm

CocoRock

luv4u said:

KCOOLMUZIQ said:

Yes it was!!! It proves Prince really does care about his REAL fans, MALE & female. But U should consider getting all the moderators together and making a decision, 2 shut this site down completely! Its become too negative and full of evil RATCHET people...



Nope.

I'm sorry nurse, and no disrespect to the other threads you "nominated" lol, but THIS is the post of the week!!! lol lol lol

clapping clapping clapping Bravo, luv4u. Bravo!

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Reply #250 posted 01/22/14 11:06pm

CocoRock

Superconductor said:

kewlschool said:

Nursev sort of true, however, if you don't sue to protect your copyright you run the risk of losing your copyright and your music becoming public domain. So, you may not sue everyone, but you definitely want to sue the bigger culprits. (Now other countries may have different laws making it harder for Prince to hold on to his copyrights.)If he doesn't put effort in controlling the music then Prince wont own his music anymore and the public will, allowing for anyone to use it anytime, anywhere. Upholding your copyright by law and agreement is part of having a copyright.

What? Where did you get that from?

Certainly the onus is on the copyright owner to enforce infringements of their copyright but it doesn't extinguish, not even after the copyright owner has died.

I've never heard of this either. Doesn't make it not true, just odd.

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Reply #251 posted 01/23/14 12:39am

kgarcia863

Militant said:


Please ensure discussion of this matter adheres to the site rules and Terms of Service to which all have agreed - and moderators will enforce - thank you


langebleu - moderator


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Prince is going after bootleg sites for damages y'all. I'm sure most people on this site will be familiar with all the names of the defendants. eek eek eek



Details - http://www.scribd.com/doc...-v-Chodera




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and he should...

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Reply #252 posted 01/23/14 12:40am

Javi

Thank God kewlschool has written a reasonable post, contrary to most one can read here. I don't know where's the surprise for other orgers. He is just saying that the intellectual property of an artistic creation belongs to the artist. As simple as that. If the creation goes to public domain without his consent, of course he continues being the right holder, but what's the use of that if he can't control the distribution of his own creations? Distribution is a significant part of copyright, and it belongs only to the creator. Of course the right doesn't extinguish, but in practice it is being infringed and he has all the right to sue.

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I wish Prince wins here. I don't wish for the infringers to be ruined, so hopefully the sanction will be smaller, but I wish they do get punished enough so that this becomes a lesson for others. I appreciate Prince's music and Prince himself enough to be against people who go against his rights as an artist.

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And if this gets him bad publicity, that only speaks of the condition of our society and of how poorly it regards art and culture.

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Reply #253 posted 01/23/14 12:44am

kgarcia863

XxAxX said:

what a shame he has to do this. too bad fans can't be respectful and admit that his artwork is his and his alone to distribute.

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and what's sadder is this thread is going to become full of acidic remarks about prince, the fellow whose stuff is being STOLEN and traded without his knowledge and consent.

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to those of you whose theft has been detected and clocked and are whining and making personal attacks on prince and saying he only succeeded because you stole his stuff thereby somehow making him successful: sorry to be harsh but grow up

the truth!

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Reply #254 posted 01/23/14 12:51am

Javi

kgarcia863 said:

XxAxX said:

what a shame he has to do this. too bad fans can't be respectful and admit that his artwork is his and his alone to distribute.

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and what's sadder is this thread is going to become full of acidic remarks about prince, the fellow whose stuff is being STOLEN and traded without his knowledge and consent.

*

to those of you whose theft has been detected and clocked and are whining and making personal attacks on prince and saying he only succeeded because you stole his stuff thereby somehow making him successful: sorry to be harsh but grow up

the truth!

Indeed, great post too.
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Reply #255 posted 01/23/14 12:54am

kgarcia863

thedance said:

Another lawsuit once again....????????

is this a joke, what a black day in Prince history.

Proven once again: Prince is an a*sehole. mad sad sad sad

Another reason for me to quit the Prince world, his new music sucks anyway.

2014 will be big - big of disappointments and more crap-music from him,

just like in 2013.... just wait and see. mad sad sad sad

Bye. And FU Prince. finger

BYE!!!! don't let the door...haha, nevermind!!

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Reply #256 posted 01/23/14 1:08am

kgarcia863

KCOOLMUZIQ said:

luv4u said:


And that 'dude' will never forget ! Gave his report on what a wonderful time he had, awwwww, sweet!

Yes it was!!! It proves Prince really does care about his REAL fans, MALE & female. But U should consider getting all the moderators together and making a decision, 2 shut this site down completely! Its become too negative and full of evil RATCHET people...

I wish someone would shut this site down; the Org sucks the positive vibe right out of me as soon as I hit click! This thread is a reminder, actually a huge slap in the face as to why I elect not to post, comment and very very seldom visit this place!!! Now, I don't know Kcool, but one has to appreciate his/her loyalty. At least he/she stands for what he/she believes in. "If you don't stand something; you will fall for anything".

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Reply #257 posted 01/23/14 1:48am

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udo said:

Oh, BTW, this suit will not fix anything about the situation.


It's the 21st century.


We have torrents and technology is progressing slowly but steadily.


Stuff will be more and more decentralised, less likely to be tracable, less likely to be stopped.


We have the Streisand effect with a twist: it's getting easier.



See the efforts by e.g. the folks of the Piratebay and mr DotCom.


They're building networks over the internet with built-in encryption, anonymisation, etc.



This will bring us to a situation like back in the days of cassette tape trading: riskless trading with people you know at the click of a mouse.


Good post, fb etc were useful for a while but things will go underground eventually.
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Reply #258 posted 01/23/14 2:16am

Superconductor

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kgarcia863 said:

KCOOLMUZIQ said:

Yes it was!!! It proves Prince really does care about his REAL fans, MALE & female. But U should consider getting all the moderators together and making a decision, 2 shut this site down completely! Its become too negative and full of evil RATCHET people...

I wish someone would shut this site down; the Org sucks the positive vibe right out of me as soon as I hit click! This thread is a reminder, actually a huge slap in the face as to why I elect not to post, comment and very very seldom visit this place!!! Now, I don't know Kcool, but one has to appreciate his/her loyalty. At least he/she stands for what he/she believes in. "If you don't stand something; you will fall for anything".

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I don't always agree with KCool but this ganging up on him/her on this thread is awful. These comments should all be deleted.

The moderators are busy ensuring that no gossip and legally problematic stuff is posted, but what about enforcing a code of conduct or such to stop the vitriol?

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Reply #259 posted 01/23/14 2:37am

bigd74

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djThunderfunk said:



bigd74 said:


databank said:


Some German band had already released that song (on WB Europe IIRC!!!) in the late 80's or early 90's under a false title and got away with it. Allan Smithee's album dates back from 2009 but IDK what month. I guess if it was after the song was streamed it could be legal even though IDK if covers are free for songs that were only aired or streamed as they are for songs that received proper release (I guess there's no law about that and it would need to be ruled by a judge). There's another problem here, though: Prince never copyrighted IALRWNL at ASCAP (I've just checked) so basically I guess you can't cover a song if it's not copyrighted because u can't pay the royalties. So now thanks to you posting about it here I guess this poor guy's life is ruined for P will sue his life away from him neutral


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Also an R&B singer called censored released officially a version called Welcome to The Ratrace, it's on amazon, I have it. He would've had to have permission to record an unreleased song surely. [Edited 1/22/14 11:29am]

D'oh!




Why are you censoring the artists name. He would have needed permission to record it and sell it. And it's still available to buy.
cool
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Reply #260 posted 01/23/14 2:56am

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Superconductor said:



kgarcia863 said:




KCOOLMUZIQ said:



Yes it was!!! It proves Prince really does care about his REAL fans, MALE & female. But U should consider getting all the moderators together and making a decision, 2 shut this site down completely! Its become too negative and full of evil RATCHET people...



I wish someone would shut this site down; the Org sucks the positive vibe right out of me as soon as I hit click! This thread is a reminder, actually a huge slap in the face as to why I elect not to post, comment and very very seldom visit this place!!! Now, I don't know Kcool, but one has to appreciate his/her loyalty. At least he/she stands for what he/she believes in. "If you don't stand something; you will fall for anything".


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I don't always agree with KCool but this ganging up on him/her on this thread is awful. These comments should all be deleted.


The moderators are busy ensuring that no gossip and legally problematic stuff is posted, but what about enforcing a code of conduct or such to stop the vitriol?






The problem is people have gotten sick of the obsessiveness of Kcool, the lack of accepting other people's opinions is moronic and so blinkered, I don't believe for one minute she doesn't have any boots but here she is going on about how wrong it is and defending Prince in everything he does, he's not perfect, I'm not perfect. Just deal with it.
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Reply #261 posted 01/23/14 3:06am

skilletnomicro
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Superconductor said:



kgarcia863 said:




KCOOLMUZIQ said:



Yes it was!!! It proves Prince really does care about his REAL fans, MALE & female. But U should consider getting all the moderators together and making a decision, 2 shut this site down completely! Its become too negative and full of evil RATCHET people...



I wish someone would shut this site down; the Org sucks the positive vibe right out of me as soon as I hit click! This thread is a reminder, actually a huge slap in the face as to why I elect not to post, comment and very very seldom visit this place!!! Now, I don't know Kcool, but one has to appreciate his/her loyalty. At least he/she stands for what he/she believes in. "If you don't stand something; you will fall for anything".


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I don't always agree with KCool but this ganging up on him/her on this thread is awful. These comments should all be deleted.


The moderators are busy ensuring that no gossip and legally problematic stuff is posted, but what about enforcing a code of conduct or such to stop the vitriol?

There is no code of conduct to enforce, if you're talking shit and saying nothing people will call you out ten fold. The only post I would class as bullying would be the banner asking kcool to leave the org.

Personally speaking, my interest in Prince was only recently revived by listening to and collecting new boots. If it was readily available I'd buy it, if not I'll seek it elsewhere like everyone else.

Yes the org does suck at times and I hate half the threads and comments most of the time but like it or not this a healthy debate.
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Reply #262 posted 01/23/14 3:50am

Javi

The problem discussed here is not owning bootlegs, which isn't ilegal, but distributing bootlegs, which is ilegal. It's not the same to obtain an artistic creation and make an illicit use of it -that is, distributing it without consent- than simply owning a bootleg and making a private use of it. Those who distribute bootlegs make something ilegal and offensive to the artist they love; those owning a bootleg, while not doing something morally right, aren't infringing any rights and the harm they're causing the artist can't certainly compare to the harm caused by people distributing his music without consent.

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Oh, and I'm talking about intellectual and artistic harm, not about economic harm. That would be a different issue, and at least for me a less relevant one. Regarding what I'm saying, there's no difference between distributing bootlegs for free and selling it.

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Reply #263 posted 01/23/14 4:00am

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hmmm. how do artists actually FEEL when their stuff is ripped off??????

'I'm done': Quentin Tarantino ditches new Western after script leaks

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"I'm very, very depressed," Tarantino told Deadline. "I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn't mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it's gotten out today."

Among the people Tarantino gave the script to were three actors: Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern and Tim Roth. Tarantino exonerated Roth — who had previously worked with the director on "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction" and "Four Rooms" — calling him "the one I know didn't do this." He said he had given the script to one of the producers of "Django Unchained," Reggie Hudlin, and he knew that Hudlin let an agent read it. "That’s a betrayal, but not crippling because the agent didn’t end up with the script," Tarantino said. Ultimately, the director believes one of the other actors let their agent read the script, and that person shared it with "everyone in Hollywood."

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Tarantino said he now plans to publish the script as a book and possibly revisit it as a film idea sometime in the next five years. He also said that he intends to write a major part for Dern in whatever film he decides to make next.

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Tarantino said he had another script that he was "full of piss and vinegar" about, one he had been working on concurrently with "The Hateful Eight." "The idea was, I was going to write two scripts," he said. "I wasn't going to shoot the Western until next winter . . . so now I'll do that one."

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Reply #264 posted 01/23/14 4:48am

Stymie

kewlschool said:



Stymie said:


kCool is the orger most likely to be Prince. lol

Hey, Stymie! wave



First off never heard of any of those sites. Apparently, I'm not the one to ask for boots! (Cuz I'm not.)

Kcool couldn't be Prince he would never suck up to Will Smith.


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Reply #265 posted 01/23/14 4:52am

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Javi said:

The problem discussed here is not owning bootlegs, which isn't ilegal, but distributing bootlegs, which is ilegal. It's not the same to obtain an artistic creation and make an illicit use of it -that is, distributing it without consent- than simply owning a bootleg and making a private use of it. Those who distribute bootlegs make something ilegal and offensive to the artist they love; those owning a bootleg, while not doing something morally right, aren't infringing any rights and the harm they're causing the artist can't certainly compare to the harm caused by people distributing his music without consent.


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Oh, and I'm talking about intellectual and artistic harm, not about economic harm. That would be a different issue, and at least for me a less relevant one. Regarding what I'm saying, there's no difference between distributing bootlegs for free and selling it.


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I agree with you but what people hate is when someone gets on a very high horse when they themselves probably own said illegally distributed items, you can't support the legal action and partake at the same time.
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Reply #266 posted 01/23/14 4:54am

Stymie

Superconductor said:



kgarcia863 said:




KCOOLMUZIQ said:



Yes it was!!! It proves Prince really does care about his REAL fans, MALE & female. But U should consider getting all the moderators together and making a decision, 2 shut this site down completely! Its become too negative and full of evil RATCHET people...



I wish someone would shut this site down; the Org sucks the positive vibe right out of me as soon as I hit click! This thread is a reminder, actually a huge slap in the face as to why I elect not to post, comment and very very seldom visit this place!!! Now, I don't know Kcool, but one has to appreciate his/her loyalty. At least he/she stands for what he/she believes in. "If you don't stand something; you will fall for anything".


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I don't always agree with KCool but this ganging up on him/her on this thread is awful. These comments should all be deleted.


The moderators are busy ensuring that no gossip and legally problematic stuff is posted, but what about enforcing a code of conduct or such to stop the vitriol?


I guess him referring to people as evil and ratchet is okay tho.

And by the way, if people are not happy here, the positive or the eg article folks, then there is no one forcing them to come here. I personally think the perception of this site is off and people see what they want to see. I also think some people come here for the drama.
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Reply #267 posted 01/23/14 4:55am

Stymie

skilletnomicrowave said:

Javi said:

The problem discussed here is not owning bootlegs, which isn't ilegal, but distributing bootlegs, which is ilegal. It's not the same to obtain an artistic creation and make an illicit use of it -that is, distributing it without consent- than simply owning a bootleg and making a private use of it. Those who distribute bootlegs make something ilegal and offensive to the artist they love; those owning a bootleg, while not doing something morally right, aren't infringing any rights and the harm they're causing the artist can't certainly compare to the harm caused by people distributing his music without consent.


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Oh, and I'm talking about intellectual and artistic harm, not about economic harm. That would be a different issue, and at least for me a less relevant one. Regarding what I'm saying, there's no difference between distributing bootlegs for free and selling it.


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I agree with you but what people hate is when someone gets on a very high horse when they themselves probably own said illegally distributed items, you can't support the legal action and partake at the same time.
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Reply #268 posted 01/23/14 5:12am

Javi

skilletnomicrowave said:

Javi said:

The problem discussed here is not owning bootlegs, which isn't ilegal, but distributing bootlegs, which is ilegal. It's not the same to obtain an artistic creation and make an illicit use of it -that is, distributing it without consent- than simply owning a bootleg and making a private use of it. Those who distribute bootlegs make something ilegal and offensive to the artist they love; those owning a bootleg, while not doing something morally right, aren't infringing any rights and the harm they're causing the artist can't certainly compare to the harm caused by people distributing his music without consent.

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Oh, and I'm talking about intellectual and artistic harm, not about economic harm. That would be a different issue, and at least for me a less relevant one. Regarding what I'm saying, there's no difference between distributing bootlegs for free and selling it.

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I agree with you but what people hate is when someone gets on a very high horse when they themselves probably own said illegally distributed items, you can't support the legal action and partake at the same time.

In my opinion, the difference between ilegal distribution and ownership is very, very big. People who distribute create an ilegal context in which an artist is ripped off. Once this context is created, diehard fans must have an almost impossible will power not to get some of the boots. Owning it's not morally right, but it's not ilegal and it's ethically miles away from ilegal distribution.

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What I don't get is the huge distinction almost everybody makes between sharing bootlegs and selling them. You're disrespecting the artist's rights in both cases, your infringing intellectual property in both cases. If someone took something I have written and made it public without my consent, I couldn't care less if he sold it or gave it for free. He would have distributed my work without my permission, he would have stolen something I don't want to release and released it himself. Doesn't matter if he gets money out of it or not. The economic side has very little relevance here, the way I see it.

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Reply #269 posted 01/23/14 5:34am

RodeoSchro

My take:

1. It's a civil suit. Therefore, the defendants can subpoena and depose Prince. Each and every defendant can do this, and they can all try to do it seperately. In other words, if all the Does are identified, then Prince would have to give 20 different depositions. Of course, Prince's lawyers will try to have one master deposition with 20 different lawyers present, but each one of those lawyers would get their time with Prince to ask questions. I just do not see Prince EVER sitting down for a deposition, much less 20 different depositions.

2. Unless Prince can get a summary judgement, he can't get an award without giving these depositions. Summary judgements are hard to get and harder to keep alive if appealed. So unless there is some incredible proof against the defendants, or unless the defendants have absolutely no defense whatsoever, I don't see a summary judgement being won. Which means Prince best get ready for the deposition(s).

3. You can bet the deposition(s) will be filmed. And you can bet that the very first thing Prince is going to think is, "Man, they are going to bootleg my deposition". Again, I just don't see Prince showing up for the deposition(s). And without doing that, he will have to to trial.

4. Prince says that he is entitled to not less than $1 million per defendant, and that he can prove that. My response would be, "If bootlegging cost you so much money, why didn't you ever just sell this stuff yourself? You'd have made $$$millions - you said so yourself!" Of course, Prince is under no obligation to have ever offered this stuff for sale, but it will be very interesting to see how Prince proves that each bootlegger cost him at least $1 million. How will he do that? By asking his fans how much they would pay/did pay for bootlegged stuff? And how much would they have paid Prince if he HAD offered it for sale? Interesting.

5. As to damages, the defendants will almost certainly bring Lotu$flower.com up as proof that Prince lost nowhere near $1 million per defendant. Lotu$flower.com was a spectacular failure, and it DID offer bootlegs/commercially unavailable stuff to its members. As I recall, the guys that developed Lotu$flower.com do NOT think very highly of Prince, as he was impossible to work with.

6. For that matter, ALL of Prince's music clubs could be fodder for deposition questions. A good attorney could establish a pattern of Prince's business practices, starting with the "lifetime memberships" of the old NPGMC.

7. Bootleggers do NOT have ANY effect on copyright issues. If that were the case, nearly every single artist in the world would never own a copyright. And you don't see massively bootlegged artists like Bruce Springsteen or U2 going after bootleggers with respect to enforcing or preserving copyright ownership.

On the face of this, it seems like a missile fired by Prince and he's certainly within his rights to do this. But as the actual case goes on, I don't see Prince ever giving a deposition or showing up for trial. If there was a trial, and Prince had avoided his deposition(s) and didn't show up at the trial to give testimony, I don't see his chances of winning over a jury as being very high.

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[Edited 1/23/14 5:36am]

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