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Disclive Legitimizes Bootlegs
By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher)
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2003-02-21
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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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