Gerard Manning <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> I hope I don't start a flame war here, but I disagree in part with the
> other posters on this thread. The record companies give away promos to get
> air play/advertisment, which results in more sales and more money for both
> the artists and the company. These promos are often unsolicited gifts, and
> as such I can't see how the company can legally or morally complain about
> anything the recipient does with it - does anybody know if the 'illegal'
> signs have any meaning or if it's just intimidation? I don't buy promo
> copies myself, but that's just a personal decision
> Of the $16 or so that you pay for a CD, only about a dollar goes to the
> artists (and about the same to press and print the CD), most of the rest
> is split between the record company, retailer etc. If you want the artist
> to make a few bob, buy the albums at their concerts - they make a much
> bigger cut on those [these albums are often defaced like the promo copies]
> than from record store sales.
I was unaware that artist copies are sometimes cut out (defaced). That
doesn't help in the personal decision-making process, eh?
Of course what also doesn't help is that the practice of selling promos
seems to be universal among used records stores.
BTW, Green Linnet, which we here in the U.S. are most likely to see in
the used bins, does not cut out artist copies.
Lastly, the practice of cutting out LPs/CDs is not confined to
promotional copies. Mainstream cutout items are most often releases that
sold below expectation. They are cut out and discounted to distributors,
and end up in the bargain bins. These cutouts can be sold used as
legitimately as any other copy. (Sometimes you will see cutouts that
have been shrinkwrapped and are being sold at list price. This is
clearly a transgression against the intent of the record company. I
don't know whether the sale of cutouts by the label normally carries a
contractual provision against this practice.)
*** Mike O'Regan ([log in to unmask])