Disclive Legitimizes Bootlegs
Bootlegs, unauthorized recordings of live or unreleased
tracks, have always represented a contentious issue for
consumers and artists. For some bands like the Grateful
Dead, it has represented a promotional boon while generally
satisfying hardcore fans' hunger for more material of their
favorite bands, beyond what was made available by the label.
For artists and particularly their labels, it represents
unauthorized and uncompensated use of their works, most
often distributed at a sub-quality level. As with
everything musical on the net, it has gained entirely new
proportions as collectors swap long sought-after
performances or the latest major concert event.
In an attempt to tap into this otherwise underground market,
DiscLive is offering "premium, limited edition, one night
only CD pressings of concerts" giving the industry a brand
new revenue stream by "providing music fans a product they
crave." The company, led by former Loud Records President
and co-owner Rich Isaacson, follows the musician or band
on tour, installing kiosk throughout the venue for fans to
order the customized CD at any time during the show.
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