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It's a drag! Piracy that is.
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-10-08
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Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: p2pnet.net - October 1, 2002

What is? "The unauthorized reproduction and distribution of copyrighted music is JUST AS ILLEGAL AS SHOPLIFTING A CD. Burning CD's from peer-to-peer networks like KaZaA, Morpheus or Gnutella is against the law."

At least, Madonna, Elton John, Eminem, Sheryl Crow, Jay Z, Lenny Kravitz and 84 others apparently think so, says musicunited (www.musicunited.org), a new entertainment industry site.

It went up in September as part of the latest Hollywood driven campaign to salvage the unwholesome mess it's already made of trying to turn the Net into its personal online market.

And Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland pretty well sums up the musicunited perspective with: "... it's not a free service, it's not like it's done just to please fans. Everything that's done is done for a profit."

Hilary 'Reach Out' Rosen of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) chaired the news conference which announced the page, as well as full-page ads in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. With her were the two Daves - D. Munns of EMI Recorded Music, and D. Benjamin, UMG's senior vice president of anti-piracy.


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