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Posted by Championship_Vinyl at on October 09, 2003 at 11:38:39:

In Reply to: You know, before the internet.. posted by Lithmick on October 09, 2003 at 11:24:03:

When you buy a CD, you're purchasing both of those things. Plus a whole lot more.

First and foremost, you're purchasing a single copyright for personal, individual use of the music contained in that recording.

You're also buying the materials used in producing the CD. The physical material, as well as a recoupment of losses the company sustained in producing that CD... artist, studio and marketing costs.

You're also buying goods and services by turning a profit for the company and artists responsible for the record, in return for buying said CD.

And that profit is wy filesharing is killing the industry. Granted, recording artists don't earn their fortunes from CD profits. In fact, a band only sees about 13-20 cents from every CD they sell. Rock stars gather rock star bank accounts because we buy tickets to see them and a T-shirt when we go. However, the recording company uses the profits not only to fatten their wallets, but it also goes back into the system. If you like, say, Limp Bizkit, they use that money from the sale of Limp Bizkit CDs to go out an find more dummies with stupid basbeball caps on.

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