Thursday, February 17, 2005


I do NOT like this development at all. Not that I use Mp3s, but that's more because I haven't gotten in to CD mixers or tractor or whatnot. Hey this means that Tractor could be sued for promoting infringement, maybe? bluh.

Italian DJ Fined 1.4 Mln Euros for Music Piracy
ROME (Reuters) - An Italian DJ has been fined a record 1.4 million euros ($1.8 million) for using thousands of pirate music files in a nightclub near Rome, police said on Wednesday.

Police in the town of Rieti, near Rome, said they raided a popular nightclub earlier this week as part of a crackdown on piracy and seized 500 illegally copied music videos and more than 2,000 MP3 music files.

Police said the files belonged to a "well-known" Italian DJ.

"For the MP3 files, which were kept on the DJ's personal computer, the DJ has received a fine of 1.4 million euros," Rieti finance police said in a statement.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said the fine was the biggest ever slapped on an individual for unlawful music copying and the use of copyrighted music in the MP3 format.

More than 7,000 legal actions have been launched against alleged uploaders in the United States, Canada and countries in Europe as the music industry fights to stop piracy which it blames for a decline over a number of years in CD sales.


might I just point out that CD sales were likely artificially high through the 1990s, as many people rushed to replace their cassette and vinyl music on CD, and that once that replacement was done, there would obviously be a decline in CD sales? There is so little reliable evidence about what's happening in the industry as a whole and who it hurts when there is downloading.

I think where it hurts the majors more is that artists have a better option than signing away all their rights in exchange for distribution and marketing. So fewer artists are as likely to make such terrible deals as they were forced to in the past 10 years, because digital music is cheaper to distribute and the internet allows it to be distributed more widely.

At this point if I want to support an artist, especially one on a major label, downloading a tune and mailing them a quarter is more than they'd get for a whole album bought "legally."


  1. argh, this is such absolute bullshit in so many ways (which you've already defined)... not only that, but - to fine a 'well known dj' for promoting music on a regular basis is icing on the cake...

  2. I've heard rumors of cops showing up to weddings to spot-check the DJ and make sure he wasn't using pirated music... though that could just be some urban legend.