June 23, 2004

Dear RIAA: Libraries are not landfills

I found this story via BoingBoing.
BoingBoing: As part of the antitrust settlement against the RIAA, the record labels are obliged to donate a large number of discs to public libraries. Rather than giving America's libraries decent music, the RIAA is dumping the worst deletes and cutouts in their warehouses...and blaming it all on a computer error:
MSNBC: The Des Moines (Iowa) Public Library was on track to take the lead in redundancies....Its crate of 2,647 CDs, due to arrive in the next couple weeks, was listed as containing 430 single-song discs — 16 percent of the total -- of Whitney Houston singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Super Bowl, according to Steve Cox, of the Iowa State Library.
The Shifted Librarian: 382 of our 1325 settlement CDs are "new"; all the rest are either cut-outs/remainders, or in the case of three titles, "promotional use only" CDs (either stamped with that slogan or with the barcode punched BEFORE the cd was shrinkwrapped). That means 71.2% of what they sent us is stuff currently sold in remainder bins.

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