An email from a friend: this topic is everywhere these days, for good reason,
“Is it legal (as far as copyright laws go) to burn CDs at home and distribute to your friends as gifts? An item on Haley’s Christmas list is a CD burner; she wants to make CDs for her favorite music and give it to her friends as gifts … I am not sure but think gifting is OK but
selling these type of CDs may be illegal – thought you could shed some light ….. “
O.k. literally it is not legal unless they are for yourself only because then those other people will not have to buy the cds for themselves, so the artists lose money and concert tickets go up even higher because it is the only way that we can make our money now. But some people argue that if people like the CD they will go buy it anyway to get the artwork etc, so I don’t know the answer for you. I personally don’t even like burned cds for myself because you don’t get the real thing—you don’t get the true artist’s vision—and half the time they don’t even work, but a lot of people her age do like them cause they don’t have much money, so I kind of think it is the wave of the future unfortunately. So we will see. I think it is inevitable that, A, people will keep doing it, and that B, we will start adding royalties to CD burners and blank CDs to pay the artists that are creating the content that warrants their existence in the marketplace in the first place, and la princessa , that if it does continue, that concert tickets will continue to go up because musical artists will have no other way to support themselves or their families except from live appearances as more and more unique ways of obtaining recorded music for free become available to the consumer.