...in the music world, according to a NYTimes article on the trading of bootleg concert recordings. While bands like the Grateful Dead and Pearl Jam allow the free recording and trading of their live performances, it is a copyright violation to do so with any performance where no permission is given. But artists have to object before the RIAA will step in, and as the article says, "Artists who prosecute individual fans for merely indulging in music beyond their official CD's would be about as cool as a Guy Lombardo record."
Live show recordings are typically traded by mail to assure highest quality, but traders and fans meet on the Internet to talk about shows, compare notes and arrange trades. Also, some fans believe they are preserving the legacy of performances, sort of the way heirloom seed traders have preserved heirloom vegetables after the Ag industry standardized food production down to just a couple of homogenized varieties. Listening to a live 1975 bootleg of the Rolling Stones' concert "L.A. Friday" may be a more authentic and vivid experience than listening to a heavily mixed and managed studio recording of the same music "Love You Live," the band's official concert album of that time. Kind of like the difference between eating a Brandywine or Striped Marvel tomato and having a square supermarket tomato.Posted by Mary Hodder at January 07, 2003 09:39 AM