Yannis wrote:The music industry mafia calls it "pirate". I call it sales promotion.
Wellll.... Everyone calls it "pirate". Here, in Russia, I mean. It's a reality here. Most of Russians use pirate Windows, pirate software, buy pirate music, pirate films... How do you like a DVD, where one disk has from 6 to 12 films?
And I do not say, that this is bad. No. This is good. This is very convenient at any means.
And I very appreciate the projects like "Moshkov's library" (www.lib.ru
). They scan books and freely offers them. I can understand the pirates, which sells disks on streets. They pay for manufacturing of the disks and now sells them. But I hardly can understand organizations, which sell pirate songs in the Internet. I don't think it's honest.
Spending 0.15$ would not be the problem but after that some "elements" might go shopping with my credit card data
Maybe it's possible to use some other payment system or a bank transfer...
I better buy an original in a German Russian
online music shop.
Yes, I know about the Russian (and Chinese) conditions and I like them to some extent. Who doesn't want to pay a fair price?
But we should not forget the artists who need the money for their hard work badly to make a living and in order to compose new works.
And originals are usually of better quality.
BUT: the music industry usually pays very little to the artists, can produce the media very cheap and ask a hell of money for them in the shops.
In Germany they ask for an up-to-date audio about 18,-€! (In the USA half the price!!!)
Let's estimate that the artist gets 1,- to 2,- € and the production cost is 1,- € only. The rest is profit.
Very often they damage their media on purpose with copy protection crap and sometimes even spyware and rootkits. Thus you're better off buying pirated cds which are "clean" and are available for an affordable price.
Piracy would almost stop if they would sell the media at a fair price, also poor people can afford and do not use any copy protection crap.
But for these big lables the shareholder value and the net profit are the only goals, - not to satisfy a customer or pay less known artists a fair price for THEIR creations!
Russian music and some mixed Russian and Ukrainian music I can buy at http://www.petershop.com
. Why do they ask for Russian originals 'only' 5.99€ and German online shops for their German crap 17.99€??
We are not that rich any longer. Salaries are declining year by year. Prices go up - especially for energy of any type. (This profit goes to Russia.
Ukrainian music I usually buy at the excellent online shop http://www.umka.com.ua/
. The prices are only about 6,-$ for an original audio.
OK, for Russians, Ukrainians and Lithuanians even these prices are too high but there are more and more rich people. That's the general problem: a certain group of people, usually about 10%, know how to take away as much money as possible from the poor and 90% are poor or lower middle class. The gap widens constantly.