The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104319   Message #2138389
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
01-Sep-07 - 11:50 AM
Thread Name: Copyright warning - bloggers!
Subject: RE: Copyright warning - bloggers!
"where is the line between giving away 'samples' (as advertising and promo) and sabotaging your business by removing people's incentive to pay for your product?"

Let me speak as a shopper. There are times that I have been looking at a musician's website, thinking that the songs seem interesting, but wondering if the singer's voice is enjoyable. It would be nice to have a sample of their sound. However, the sample doesn't have to be a complete song. A mere part of a song, perhaps 8 measures, is enough to tell me whether the quality and style of the piece is something I want to buy.

But if somebody downloads an entire track, you might as well throw away all rights to it.

By the way, I hate those "samples" that repeatedly play a few seconds of a piece and then hiccup. I feel that if the performers are that suspicious of me, then I don't want their CD in my house.