2007/05/08

...But Your Compact Discs Do Not

How would you like to have to show multiple forms of ID, maybe have your fingerprints taken, just so you can sell your old Britney Spears CDs? Sounds pretty ludicrous right? Well, in Florida and 3 other states new "pawn shop" laws for music stores are driving many retailers who sell used CDs out of the business. I mean who wants to pay a $10000 bond (Florida) so that they can treat their customers like criminals?

Retailers who deal in used CDs have never had it easy. Back in the 80s and 90s music industry reps would routinely deny stores promotional material if they were found to be trading in used CDs, and the FTC has more than once investigated the industry and it's trade group the RIAA, but now the momentum seems to be behind an industry who want to basically "rent" you your music. Just look at the Florida law... It mandates that you only get 'store credit' for your CDs. In other words, the industry is OK with you selling your CDs as long as the only thing you can do with the proceeds is buy more of their crap.

5 Comments:

Whatever happened to being innocent until proven guilty? This law treats everyone like a criminal.

People will always find a way to buy used (and even illegal) CDs. My subdivision had a garage sale last weekend and I put out about 40 old VHS tapes and marked them all a dollar or less. I really didn't think I'd sell any of them, so I was surprised when they all sold within a couple of hours.

Next year I'm going through my CD collection and getting rid of those. I wonder if the government will make me take people's fingerprints? Ha-Ha.
What sicko lobbyist wrote that law! Charlie Crist signed that? So much for my favorite Republican.
Whoa... about 3/4 of the CDs I buy are used, from pawn shops, from stores which sell used discs, from private sellers on places like Amazon or Caiman.com...

The record industry indeed produces crap. About the only stuff I can stand to listen to anymore is rock music found on independent record labels. Is the industry feeling like they aren't making enough money? Do they feel threatened by the internet, and/or by indie labels? My guess is "yes" to both of those questions.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, eh.
Kathy... The MPAA and RIAA have made it quite clear over the years that consumers are to be treated as 'content pirates' until they prove otherwise. And the only acceptable method for the content industry is to do away with fair use.

SA... Don't know, but I was surprised as hell that it went into force. Hey, and thanks for the link!

Snave... I think they feel threatened by their abject timidity. They produce nothing anyone wants to listen to.

Despite moves like the ones in Florida the modes of music distribution are changing and there really isn't anything the RIAA can do about it.
I am glad that I have already sold most of the ones I didn't think I needed and only kept the ones I like having copies of like Miles Davis and Vanilla Ice.

Is there a way to bankrupt the RIAA without stopping listening to music or watching movies

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