The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104319 Message #2136709
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
30-Aug-07 - 05:30 AM
Thread Name: Copyright warning - bloggers!
Subject: RE: Copyright warning - bloggers!
I suggested Woven Wheat Whispers because it represents the only fully-formed download based label entirely given over to folk music, thus interfacing with the on-line culture where blogging, for better or worse, is par for the course.
People have always made tapes of their favourite albums for their mates; these days they do it on their blogs for their virtual mates, where ripping and uploading an entire CD can be done in a matter of minutes. No harm in it - if people blog stuff, they do it out of a desire to convince others of the significance of the music rather than to defraud the artist (which is job far better done by the labels) - after all, it's not as if they're making any money out of it themselves.
Bootlegging has always existed in one form or another, often throwing up an entirely alternative (and infinitely preferable) perspectives on the artists than the one offered to us by their labels - assuming they bother to offer us one at all, such as in the case of the numerous Peter Bellamy albums presently languishing in the vaults of Topic (and others) to the extent that even in his lifetime Peter was forced to bootleg himself.