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Napster. folk tradition or theft?

GUEST,.gargoyle 16 Apr 02 - 11:23 PM
Robin2 16 Apr 02 - 11:18 PM
Anahootz 16 Apr 02 - 11:15 PM
53 16 Apr 02 - 11:05 PM
Robin2 16 Apr 02 - 11:00 PM
Stephen L. Rich 16 Apr 02 - 10:58 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 16 Apr 02 - 10:22 PM
Celtic Soul 16 Apr 02 - 10:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Napster. folk tradition or theft?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 11:23 PM

In the "early days" of the net. ALL was free. And, the enclave of citizens was limited to those intelligent/academic enough to gain access and learn the protocals.

Napster only made available to the masses,(the masses ARE asses) through an easy-to-use interface, those "skills" which had once been available to the few.

There will ALWAYS be an underlying elite who are willing to study and apply the protocals.

Napster is like the pre-corded left-hand buttons on a squeeze box....easy to use....but you will NEVER become a "musician" without learning the TRUE nature of chording.

In the interest of "folk tradition" I agree. It is accessable, and available Unfortunately, there is no skill required to copy and burn.

On the otherhand, it HAS made available an avenue for sharing original material across a much wider swath of humanity. Perhaps, this "new global audience" will result in improved amature performance. Because, in the end, FOLK is truly about AMATURE performance.


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Subject: RE: Napster. folk tradition or theft?
From: Robin2
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 11:18 PM

Enlighten me...why not on Rounder?


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Subject: RE: Napster. folk tradition or theft?
From: Anahootz
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 11:15 PM

I think that if you are an unknown folksinger (oxymoron?) that any exposure is good exposure. .mp3 sharing is a great idea, and I have advocated its wise and responsible use before on this board.

If you find an artist you like, go buy their recording...as long as it isn't on Rounder.


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Subject: RE: Napster. folk tradition or theft?
From: 53
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 11:05 PM

Is Napster going to be up again? I haven't been able to find out any info.


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Subject: RE: Napster. folk tradition or theft?
From: Robin2
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 11:00 PM

Hey Celtic,

Before the big guns did it in, my son called me to tell me that 9 of my songs were available on Napster. Believe it or not, my first reaction was "COOL, someone thinks I'm good enough to rip off!"

Is it any different than the woman that came up after a concert to tell me that she loved our tape so much, she made ten copies for all her friends?

More so than most music, the very name "folk" means that this music is thought of as belonging to everyone, and free to share. I'm not sure how that impacts those of us trying to make a living at it. My personal feeling is perhaps that lady robbed me of ten tape sales, but perhaps she made me ten more fans. Fans are worth more than one sale anytime, because they come back over and over, and bring more potential fans with them. I don't think I've been hurt by my music being "given" away, I think it has drawn more people to my music. Others may feel very different, I understand that.

Sorry for the long post, but you did ask!*wink*

Robin


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Subject: RE: Napster. folk tradition or theft?
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:58 PM

"folk trdition or theft?" Yes.


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Subject: RE: Napster. folk tradition or theft?
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:22 PM

Nobody makes any money off of folk music anyway:

Hi, Celtic!

Jerry


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Subject: Napster. folk tradition or theft?
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 16 Apr 02 - 10:00 PM

I've heard a lot of arguments for and against Napster. (I am personally against). The most recent argument for came as such; "You're a folk musician...how is Napster that different from the Folk tradition where people listened to a song, and then used it for their own purposes?"

What think ye all???


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