Would you refer this to all interested parties?



28 January 2004


Today, everyone knows that copyright protection of recorded music is of major concern to music companies. Unlicensed and illegal music copying via the Internet is rampant.

Here is a disarmingly simple, but effective way to eliminate music piracy at all levels, even including the burning of CD copies, while at the same time, guaranteeing superior sound quality.

Please, bear with me as I explain.

The Internet is digital technology. The Internet transports digital information encoded on music CDs, and it does this with great accuracy. Copy protection schemes have not adequately prevented illegal copying, or transmission of copyrighted music, which is marketed and easily pirated via digital technology.

Huge sums of money are being spent on lawsuits attempting to protect music copyrights, apparently with limited and varying results.

If today’s digital music formats, CD, SACD, DVD-A, MP3, etc., were replaced with ALD---Analog Laser Disc---technology, then the all-analog process used by an Analog Laser Disc Player could not be transported over the internet, nor could any copies be burned, without first needing cumbersome and problematic analog-to-digital conversion. In addition, such suddenly archaic conversion would likely result in poorer sound quality.

So here it is :
A new laser-based all-analog music format---perhaps realized via a simple variable-width reflective spiral, or some innovative new technology, utilizing familiar laser-guiding technology currently in use. This concept realized on a CD-sized disc, marketed and played on an all-analog laser player!

The music industry thus could solve its major copyright problem.

Apart from the substantial benefit to the music industry, new and valuable patents can be generated for such innovative technology.

Needless to say, the first commercial interests holding related patents on ALD technology would benefit the most.

The copyright “Achilles heel” of CD technology as it is marketed today, lies in the fact that anyone with an inexpensive CD burner can (pirate) make perfect copies of copyrighted music for around 25 cents a copy.

In consideration of royalties paid, commercial interests holding ALD-related patents, could ensure that the sale of ALD recording equipment and ALD copy burners is limited to bona fide recording studios only.

As an added bonus, this breakthrough and new laser-based analog format would end the current war between the competing and evermore complex PCM and DSD technologies. Obsolete!

Recording studios easily and immediately would accept ALD mastering as the logical, undisputed, and unrivaled Reference Archival recording format.

Audio publications, worldwide, will rush into print with free, enthusiastic and ongoing positive publicity. There is little doubt that these publications---long critical of “digital sound,” also would embrace ALD technology instantly.

Gentlemen, there is a great deal to be gained here for those with vision in the music industry!

This letter will be sent via the Internet to all known major international music companies, the RIAA organization, editors of audio publications worldwide, and all other possibly interested parties.

Thank you for your attention.
I read your posting with interest and offer these comments:

--You idea would require all end users to buy new hardware and all recorders to buy recording technology.

1.The battle between DVD-A and SACD demonstates the antedotal adage about the increase in technology having to be 10 times as good to catch on. Consumers of the hardware have no interest in the producers' copyrights,so you would have to give them the hardware-like a battery company giving away flashlights or a film company giving away film.

2.The laser analog technology to make the recordings could be copied by pirates who could still produce and distribute pirated copies;I must disagree with your assertion that your idea would eliminate piracy. Even if you payed the legal and lobbying fees to get all the treaties and international copyrights,anyone reading the copyright filings would have the wherewithall to copy the technology to make pirated copies. Most governments would balk at this because it would deprive them of sales tax revenues.

3. The problem of artists having to recover a high cost of production to get their work in the marketplace would remain.3a. The problem of producers having to use popular products to subsidize marginal products would remain.

--retailers. A retailer selling music or a movie must price into the product the wholesale step and the capitals,labors,and materials of the location to sell them. He/she must factor in the possibity of ordering too few or too many copies and of returns and defective products.

I have not run the numbers and I've been wrong before but this seems reasonable to me:

--Use the existing technologies to solve piracy,avoiding deplyment of capitals.

--Make the cost of making your own copy of digital software low enough so the incentive for piracy is removed. I chose a download from a digital jukebox,pay a production royalty that is reasonable, bill it to my credit card, and burn the software using my Nero 44.1 burner.The government is happy because they can access the escrow accounts,move the decimal point(sorry) one place,and withhold the taxes due.
The capitals that would otherwise have to go to wholesaling and retail steps and the law enforcement monies could be deployed for more productive uses.

I agree that artist and even producers deserve compensation but believe there are simpler ways to do it than the ways you describe.

Yes,there are some drawbacks to the 44.1 technology above about 22 thousand cycles,but the no upsample technologies show promise,at a cost that does not require everybody to buy new software and hardware.

Their sales are down because their music sucks, not because it is too easy to down load.
UMF sez: "Their sales are down because their music sucks, not because it is too easy to down load."

Thank you! Good night everybody!
We're not going to return to analog. ProTools. Too many people helping to make music are too used to digitally record and mix the music. Most will not want to return to razor blades and analog methods. Digital it just oo convenient for both music makers, equipment makers, and end users. The digital 'genie' is out of the lamp for everyone involved. There will be no mass return to analog.

And besides, people will still rip the analog music through the line inputs on their sound cards. Sure that sucks, but so does compressed music.

Indie labels love CDs (and vinyl). I don't think they will rush to adopt ALD. There is no commercial incentive. The only incentive is analog makes it difficult for average users to rip music. That's it. It won't stop actual pirates, organized crime, et al. So I don't a point for this forklift upgrade.

C'mon guys (and girls),
I'm sure Digiphobe was just jokin'. Takin' us on a ride. I can't believe otherwise.
The multiple flaws in the idea are presented above.
One last additional problem with such an idea:
Folks have A/D converters in computers and could EASILY still transfer any recorded material in analog form, converted into digital right on the computer and transferred via the internet same as now.
One added step is not going to stop anyone.
Your idea is a Nice Try, but it cannot fly.
Not only does the music suck, it's overpriced.
Strange how record companies sponsor and produce really pathetic artists...but they have a formula that sells to the majority of people who are out there. These people are most likely not people like Audiogoners. I have not bought an American made/produced CD in the past year and half...wait, I did, an old Horowitz triple CD/DVD set, that is about it. I REFUSE to sponsor mediocre companies that are formulaic and if they use a technology that is flawled and allows people to clone these material easily. So be it. I am sure there are tons of undiscovered artists readily available in old vinyl or if you are looking for better artist, check overseas labels.
Let all of these pathetic music industry bastard rot....no matter what format they figure out to impede cloning, someone will do it.

PS: Great music will always be available with or without these labels, who would not have sponsored its nurturing anyway. Formats are bound to change, the music that YOU want will not, it will be just in a different format.

I agree that the music being produced today sucks but you are totally wrong about it being too expensive.

The price of CDs have been coming down lately after sitting on a plateau (absolute dollar-wise) for something like 15 years. If you factor in inflation and how it decreases the effective buying power of the dollar plus the general increase in people's salaries over time, music has been dropping in price for years. The newer LP releases are pricier in absolute dollars compared to the 1980s but inflation of raw materials and very limited production runs require a higher price to offset the higher marginal cost of manufacturing. I don't know if the newer albums are pricier even after correcting for inflation because I haven't attempted any calculations to find out. Now we have numerous venues to shop for used music, be it CD, LPs, and eventually SACD/DVD-A. Sounds like you are not shopping in the right places to me.

Mr. Kidknow
I don't understand why DVD's are so cheap after being out for just a few years, but CD's are still relatively expensive. I can buy many movies for $6-8, more popular ones around $10-12. I seldom pay over $15 for a DVD, yet most CD's are minimum $14-16. It shouldn't cost any more to make a DVD than a CD. I don't buy many CD's just because of the cost, although they have come down somewhat. If they lowered the price, they would probably sell many more. Just my humble opinion.
Points well taken. I still think any CD over $12.99 is overpriced, and there are plenty.
Some of the responses to this thread are tragic.
I'm going bring up some of these issues on another thread.
Sam Rosenthal of PROJEKT RECORDS in one of my mailings ...As you know, I am 100% in agreement with sharing a few MP3s of bands, to give newcomers an idea of what Projekt music is like. Hearing is believing! Click here http://www.projekt.com/projekt/audio.asp for links to our MP3 Audio pages.

and what he says about Napster