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Yes, indeed. Make those treasured DVD-Rs from Warner Archives in the $5 range, and who’d steal 'em?!!
We have kiosks in clubs so bands and performers can sell their CDs. $5-10, and fans will buy hundreds a night. Some clubs don’t have a cover-charge, so the $10 CD offers a few dollars to the club-owner, too, but it’s all money going to the performer and the ‘host’. No steenkin’ record-company badges…
I think the piracy issues are still more Value Related than anything else - when the public perceives they’re getting screwed over (WHICH THEY ARE!), I can’t fault a backlash-response.
We’ve sold 40,000 CDs in a year thru kiosks. Who needs a bleepin’ record company?!! “Oh, we’d give you MILLIONS, though.” Yeah. And force us to sign over tens of years to jerks. “No thanks.” Signed, John Fogerty. Levon Helm. Burt Bacharach. Dixie Chicks. Eric Clapton. etc, etc.