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PostSubject: DJ PIRACY- All Australians beware   November 11th 2007, 8:25 pm

http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/investigation-into-dj-piracy/2007/11/09/1194329512804.html


Investigation into DJ piracy amid claims newcomers are stealing the show



Asher Moses

November 10, 2007





DISC jockeys, along with some of the most popular clubs and bars in
Sydney, are the subject of a piracy investigation by the music industry
that could
lead to significant fines and criminal charges.



Long-time DJs say the shift from vinyl to CDs and laptops has paved the
way for a new generation of DJs who cut costs by obtaining music from
illegal
file-sharing websites. Industry veterans say as many as 90 per cent of
the DJs playing in Australian clubs are guilty.



Kim Weatherall, a senior law lecturer at the University of Queensland
who specialises in intellectual property law, said the clubs and DJs
risked
being sued for damages by the music industry. They also risked criminal
charges for copyright infringement. "These are indictable offences
carrying possible penalties of up to five years' jail or fines of
$60,500 [individuals] or $302,500 [companies]," she said.



Sabiene Heindl, the general manager of Music Industry Piracy
Investigations, the local industry's anti-piracy unit, said it was
"investigating
allegations against DJs that performed at clubs such as Cargo Bar,
Verandah Bar, UN Nightclub and Gaff Nightclub".



Ms Heindl, who has written to venues informing them of their legal
liability, declined to name DJs, saying her organisation was still
conducting the
investigation.



Steven Burke, known as DJ Stevie B, has played in almost every major
club in NSW since turning professional in 1989. He said at least 90 per
cent of
club DJs play pirated music. "Stroll into any club, if they've got six
DJs on their roster, five of them will be pirates - that's a
guarantee," he
said.



Mr Burke retired a month ago to focus on managing Central Station
Records. He has noticed "a big downturn" in the music coming from local
producers,
reluctant to "sit at home in a bedroom and create music when the only
thing that's going to happen is it's going to be put onto the internet
and
downloaded for free".



An entertainment co-ordinator in charge of booking DJs for two major
Sydney clubs, who did not wish to be named, said piracy among DJs,
particularly
emerging DJs, was "extremely widespread".



But he said clubs shouldn't be held liable because it would be
difficult for them to ensure all of the music played by their DJs was
legitimate.
"The clubs are trying to run a business - they need bars running,
they've got licensing issues, they've got security issues, they've got
stock
issues," he said.



Another well-known radio and club DJ, who also declined to be named,
said in the 14 years he had been in the industry, a club or bar had
never checked
if his music was obtained legitimately.



He said legitimate DJs were being undermined by pirates who could
afford lower rates. "I've come across people that I've DJed alongside
at various
functions where their laptops have been filled with MP3s - they show it
off," he said."If I'm going out buying vinyl and I've got some young
buck
with a computer full of 20,000 MP3s, it's hard to compete."



Keystone Hospitality, which operates Cargo Bar, Bungalow 8, The Loft,
The Fringe and Scubar, declined to comment, as did Dean Haritos, owner
of
Verandah Bar.



David Freeman, manager of UN Nightclub, formerly DCMs, said he wasn't
aware of any UN DJs using pirated music. "We would never authorise
anything
that's illegal."
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PostSubject: Re: DJ PIRACY- All Australians beware   November 12th 2007, 8:07 am

Interesting reading. It was only a matter of time.

I'd like to see how they are going to police it. with more and more Dj's buying from digital download sites such as beatport, how do you prove the files are legal. They don't give out receipts. scratch

What if one rips his own stuff from vinyl or CD, because we prefer the mp3 way. Will we have to bring the originals along to prove ownership. Rolling Eyes

Too be honest I do feel sorry for the Staunch vinyl Dj's. They must be getting pretty pissed off with the way things are now. They invest a lot of time and money into their sets and have to compete with people who get it all for free from your P2P's and quite often get releases before they are on Vinyl.

But, that is the nature of the beast I guess.

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PostSubject: Re: DJ PIRACY- All Australians beware   January 30th 2008, 7:39 pm

havnt had it happen to me yet.. lol
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