Is only good for the goose, apparently. Major Music Industry Survey Reveals Stats On Music Use & Legalities
A major survey compiled from 200 music business professionals at all levels who responded to a set of 30 questions on their use of music technology, purchases of CDs and online music, downloading & CD burning habits as well as the need for legislation changes to better serve music consumers has just been released with surprising results. The survey, titled “Music–The Business, Law & Technology Report” was taken at the 6th AustralAsian Music Business Conference August 14-16 and the results compiled by IMMEDIA!–leading music industry service company and publisher of the AustralAsian Music Industry Directory.
Compiled results-in graphic form, percentages & outcomes-are online at Australian music business portal site, TheMusic.com.au at http://www.themusic.com.au/stats & also posted on IMMEDIA!’s corporate site at http://www.immedia.com.au/stats. The details include all questions asked with numbers of respondents answering, bar graphs of the results showing percentile ranking of replies. Interviews with music analyst Phil Tripp are also available.
[...] But the attitudes of music industry pros toward CD burning, file sharing and copying your own music CD elicited a response that ARIA & record companies probably don’t want to hear. It’s time to change the law to allow consumers to copy their own music they say!
55% considered it an inequity that it’s against the law to make a copy of your own bought CDs, make a personal use compilation (CD or tape) or copying them to a digital device.
A whopping 81% believe the Copyright Act should be changed to allow personal copying of purchased CDs (but not other peoples borrowed or downloaded music).
57% considered burning CDs stealing from artists, 29% from labels and 14% did not.
48% regarded downloading free music theft from artists, 25% from labels, 27% did not.
Yet 54% admitted they illegally copied computer software. 26% copied games illegally.
From the comments by Phil Tripp:
WHAT WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT RESULTS?
“Certainly the most controversial ones were that people within the industry are against the current copyright laws that allow copying of games and software for backups and even certain portions of DVD by consumers who bought them, yet it was a criminal act to make a copy of music-whether from a vinyl album or CD-for personal use either as a backup copy, to make a tape or compilation CD for use in a car or portable application and even transferring CDs to a computer or onto a digital playback device such as an Apple iPod.”
The results overwhelmingly confirmed that view with a vast majority believing that those people who support the music industry by buying music or owning their own albums, should have the right to transfer tunes to other playback media without breaking the law. This is the case in the US for example, called ‘Fair Use’ and in many other countries. We support lobbying the government to change the law now, so that the industry does not further alienate consumers who buy and own music by preventing their personal copying.”
Other interesting results were the use of P2P file sharing to sample music before purchase, the amount of CDs bought both at retail and online by music professionals and their attitude to downloading and CD burning of music versus the rights of artists and labels. Of course, we were shocked by the amount of illegal copying of software and games that was admitted.” [emphasis added]