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Old 2004-11-27, 09:43 PM
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Re: Liberated Bootlegs

A lot of bootlegs have fake legal jargon on them like "Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws" etc, but since the bootleggers don't hold the copyright and don't pay any of their revenue to the record label/artist it means nothing. The purpose of liberating a bootleg is to prevent people who aren't the artist or their label from making profit from the sale of the bootleg.

So what we normally do is check if the CD is for sale or if it was previously for sale (by the artist's record label) and is now out of print. If it has never been released commercially, we make it available for free.

As a friend of mine who's a recording artist told me recently, "I don't mind people taping and sharing my shows and such, but if anybody's going to make money from it it's going to be me!"
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