As sales stagnate, royalties for used CDs proposed

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From the San Diego Union Tribute, with thanks to Metafilter:

The industry worries that the expanding used market is cannibalizing new-CD sales, as well as promoting piracy by allowing consumers to buy, record and sell back discs while retaining their own digitally pristine copies.

One proposed remedy being debated by record label executives is federal legislation requiring used-CD retailers to pay royalties on secondary sales of albums.

A cover story in last week\'s issue of the music trade publication Billboard quoted several executives who said they favor the establishment of an agency that would exert a flat royalty rate – say, 6 percent or so – on retailers\' sales of CDs sold over and over again.

Full article. Although a similar proposal by the music industry was rejected last year, this would still seem to merit attention given the downturn in book sales, and libraries\' reliance on the right of first sale and related laws to do business . . . I\'m sure the AAP will be next in line if the music moguls are successful this time around. Also worthwhile is Michael Fraase\'s Controlling Copyright Through Technology: When Elephants Dance (Thanks to wood s lot for this one.)

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