Let me be quite clear. I have no great problem with people uploading to YT music which is NOT commercially available. James Stuart, for example, has a channel on YT to which he has uploaded hundreds and hundreds of old off-air BBC broadcasts of, in particular, British music. No doubt this is a copyright issue but the BBC is one must presume-relatively relaxed about any breach. And in all honesty I must confess to downloading much of this music and indeed of sharing off-air recordings I made in the 1970s and 1980s.
What I am much more concerned about and would wish to focus on is the practice of making available commercial cds. If this simply provided an opportunity-as it obviously does-to sample the music before purchasing it then that might serve a reasonable purpose. But of course one can then simply download the music from YT and avoid buying the cd.
I recently found out that Toccata are releasing Volume I of a a series of the music of the Swiss composer Heinrich Sutermeister. I looked to see how much Sutermeister was already on cd. The opportunity to download his Piano Concerto No.2 was available to me. Instead I sent off to Switzerland for a copy of the Musiques Suisses cd.
It is not just that I prefer having physical cds on my shelves (with their booklet notes)-which I do. How can one expect a small label to go on recording the music of an obscure composer if it is getting reduced income from the sales of their cds??
What future for Dutton, or Lyrita, or Hyperion, or Chandos, or..... if people who could, might, should buy their cds are downloading them at no cost?
Or is there some "hidden" financial benefit to a company which MAY have entered into some sort of agreement, for example via "Naxos of America"?
Whatever individuals choose to do or not do is their own personal decision based on their own judgment. My responsibility as a forum administrator is-as I see it-to do nothing to encourage a serious potential loss of income to the companies which are producing, at minimal profit, the music which I and others are so fortunate and grateful to now have on cd.
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