ASCAP, Levi Strause Customers Rights
Gary Sherwin (sherwin@SUNSHINE.PGH.WEC.COM)
Mon, 26 Aug 1996 09:02:04 EDT
So what is new? ASCAP has shown that they are part of humanistic society.
They feel that they have a responsibility to look out for their clients
rights. They no longer feel that they have any limits on that responsibility
based on the rights and needs or bennefits of society as a whole.
But theyre not the only ones fogetting something!!!! Users and Singers and
you and I as CUSTOMERS have rights also. But history has shown that the
only rights you have are those you defend or are willing to pay a price for.
There is a cost involved here, It may be a license or it may be a layer bill
or it may be loss of use of something, but there is always a cost that you
decide how to pay.
Those of you in the computer software world, Remember the dongle?
Software Publishers insisted that these hardware attachments were required
to protect their rights. They were little things that attached to your
computer's parallel port to protect software form unauthorized copying.
They also frequently interfered with normal system operation, but then
again that was "not their responsibility" YOU DON'T SEE MANY DONGLES ANYMORE!
WHY? Because the customer exerted their influence by not buying these products.
The customers decided that it was better to do without this software than to
put up with dongles. Do not misunderstand me here. There was never a dongle
boycott. People just voted with their dollars. They had the right to do so.
Coincidentaly, In this case, the producer actually responded by addressing
the problem with an improved product (The CD-ROM) Although it can be copied,
the copy is inconvenient to use. Both sides won. There were no longer sides.
When Levi Strause execised its right to withdraw support from the BSA in support
of homosexual causes, I excercised my right not to purchase their products.
If enough people vote similiarly, They will reconsider their position and then
perhaps or perhaps not change it.
I realize that it is more difficult with something as pervasive as music.
Woa... Maybye thats a clew. Song writers have enjoyed "Free Publicity" in
the form of music being played in private group settings ever since the
recording industry developed. These performances have always been the
driving force behind people going out to buy any of their million seller
recordings. If group performances are illegal, then outlaw loud-speakers in
group settings. Or include group sensors on stereo equipment to shut down the
system if more than one person is present. Afterall, Only the person who
payed the roylalty has a right to hear a recording. Otherwise we are stealing
from the song writer. Or is the songwriter stealing from us when someone else
hears our private performance and then decides, based on this stolen advertising
to buy their own copy.
Sounds good to me. I'll be able to hear the birds sing and untill someone
patents or copyrights their songs I should be safe from stealing from my
In conclusion, don't complain about rediculous bans and fees. Stop using
ALL the products that charge these fees. And let the publishers know why
you are no longer using any of their fee assessed products. That is within
your rights. You can ignore the form letter that you receive in return.
It is meaningless. Reguardless of what it says, If many many people do
the same thing, the "dongles" will dissapear.
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