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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Swedish Collecting Society Worried About CD-R/DVD-R Sales Decline

Swedish Collecting Society Worried About CD-R/DVD-R Sales Decline

Swedish Collecting Society Worried About CD-R/DVD-R Sales Decline

Added: Saturday, July 24th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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If you recall the last time you burned a disk and realize it was quite a long time ago, you are not alone. According to a copyright society collecting royalties on recordable discs, their sales dropped almost twice within last few years. Now the copyright royalty agency tries to find another thing to tax in order to keep revenue money flowing.


While the recording industry has been pointing to falling physical album sales for years, even if the figures are quite questionable, it is still a reason to push various types of copyright legislation worldwide. One might have considered how hard it’s to sell a physical album, if it’s so hard to sell even blank discs.

Copyswede, a Swedish society that helps to get royalty money from recordable discs sales and passes them over to copyright owners, seems very worried because of the declining blank disc sales. How is it connected with artists’ royalty? That’s easy. If you didn’t know, the income from blank disks comes from a copy fee built in to the price of blank disks, both DVD and CD, which later gets shared among musicians and other rights owners like labels. The collected royalties have almost halved within the last two years, from $28 million in 2007 to $16 million in 2009.

The explanation of what is going on in the industry is of technological nature. We can watch a technology shift in progress, whereby the physical discs themselves don’t attract interest anymore. Users, including active file-sharers, switched to different technologies like hard drives or their mobile phones. This makes sense: it was several years ago when disks were popular, because the size of people’s hard drives rarely exceeded 100GB, making them to find a solution in storing files on recordable discs. With nowadays common 1TB external hard drives there’s no more a necessity to do that. Besides, for many it’s more convenient not to store content at all, using streaming sites instead when necessary. From the other side, one can see the positive point in environmental friendliness of hard drives if compared to blank disks in terms of pollution.

Anyway, Swedish copyright collecting society now makes an attempt to impose new levy on cell phones to compensate losses from recordable disks sales. They propose a fee on mobile phones with 32GB of memory. Not as if they met an enthusiastic support from electronics retailers, though.

July 24th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Comments (19) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-07-24 17:16:36)
BHM avatarnice read sam nice,myself personally dont use DVD or CD anymore,as i think people are tending to use USB and dragging films etc onto it and watching through media players now.

posted by (2010-07-24 17:41:49)
terrillcase30655 avatarI use cdr and dvdr discs all the time..... Nice read tho

posted by (2010-07-24 18:03:24)
netcobold avataryou can put more on an USB-stick these days than you can fit on a CD or DVD. Same whining about dropping sales as CD's replaced LP's and DVD's replaced VHS cassettes - none of it necessarily caused by p2p, that's just another natural technological evolution.

posted by (2010-07-24 20:59:38)
Brynn217 avataryes, but this is the area were the percentage of computer literate people and those use who Netbooks or no computer at all affect the amount of sales... Those not so computer literate still buy DVD's or rent them from Redbook.. those who are put their downloadable content on Flashdrives or streaming... That middle of the road minority who copy things onto DVD's still are old school or are providing them to those who do not use computers which is a very large percentage...

My Mother has her very first computer sitting behind me now for her Birthday next week... she will still be watching DVD's in her DVD player for a long time... My former Mother-in-Law doesnt own a computer and wants a slideshow of her new granddaughters pics so she can watch them in her DVD player... Many Many people are like this who are 35-70 in this world...

posted by (2010-07-24 21:35:43)
terrillcase30655 avatarI use a computer daily and like my dvd collection and watching them on my tv in my dvd player........I have bookshelves with dvd's on them and like it....... I like computers but still drether pop in a dvd on my tv dvd player to watch movies and I rent from blockbuster and redbox

posted by Blocked (2010-07-25 00:22:57)
2die4 avatarbecause DVD r and CD r are no longer selling as much we are going to now get taxed on using hdds usbs mps etc

posted by (2010-07-25 08:11:54)
poppedtart avataranything to make a buck. they should tax my poops.

posted by (2010-07-26 00:40:21)
katep avatarI use externall hdd infact I have a ton I have about 6 old ones that are about 300gb and 4 my book 2tb ones

posted by (2010-07-26 01:22:32)
terrillcase30655 avatari prefer the discs over external drives...... i like the old fashioned way lol.....works for me

posted by (2010-07-26 02:28:09)
N3K avatarET>HDD>USB>PS3 too easy.

posted by Blocked (2010-07-26 02:36:38)
menahunie avatarCopyswede and all Recording Companies - RIAA are just plain ignoring the obvious; many people have gone pure digital.
For me I use multiple 128 gig flash drives. I still do use dvd's but it is decreasing due to the fact of shear volume of data in todays world. DVD's store 4.5gig or "dual" layer only 8.5 gig and are expensive. You even have games requiring multiple DVD's just to load it..
My system haS A "DINKY" 300GIG DRIVE IN IT TO HOLD THE os AND THE APPS i USE. eVERYTHING ELSE IS ON FLASH OR usb dRIVES. (sorry for the caps- keyboard drawer went under desk ).
I do this because it is allot easier to get another drive and just drop it into a dock than to open the system case and install it; also no down time, you don't have to reboot to ad or remove drives.
Plus I have allot more security for my "data" when not using it; just remove it from the dock and secure it. Some one steals my system they only get the hardware.. Some people I know do the same; but they also have assemble a "super" degaussing box inside of their safe, so if needed they only have to flip a protected switch and everything is gone..
This sound paranoid on their part; but it is not. Not when you and I have seen it on the news where police swat surround a users house and flash bang them and boot the door running in with machine guns... When has ANYONE ever seen a user get into a gun battle over a movie or songs on their computer? I haven't.
Now the talk is to add a tax to drives, flash drives, etc. Won't work. To tax something for a possibility won't work..
Ever go to the store and you see in the CD section blank CD's? You see one's so called "certified" to record your music on?
Then you see the regular "Data" cd's? notice the music cd's are more expensive and most times come in a 25 or 50 disk cake box and the price is around the same for the 100 spindle? Well that is the RIAA "TAX" on the music cd's. The "music" and "data" cd's are the same physically.
So to "tax" a flashdrive or Hard drive they would have to be labeled like the mentioned CD's.. Because there are people who buy them the never ever load any media onto them.

posted by Blocked (2010-07-26 04:03:54)
SaveIt4later avatarwholly crap cops are kicking in doors with machine guns now? where is this happening?

posted by (2010-07-26 04:23:07)
terrillcase30655 avatarI have an electronic store here every week they are on sale heh I can get 100 dvdr discs for like $12.00 and $9.00 for 100 cdr discs

posted by (2010-07-26 17:30:08)
My_P2P avatarI like to use disks to watch DVD's, Can't find a easy burner to watch DVD's, what is the best one, can anyone help here. Cheers

posted by (2010-07-26 18:49:07)
fluffy75 avatarIf you're looking to convert avi's to dvd then...


posted by (2010-07-26 19:51:37)
zarathusa88 avataris it legal to tax phones with bigger memory???phuck if a baker doesnt sell as much bread s b4 i never heard anyone trying to impose a tax on ppl that eat pasta just to makem cut theyr losses so why do thesse guys wanna do that???

posted by Blocked (2010-07-27 00:35:09)
No avatarLol havent used my dvd player in over 2 years! computer is hocked up to tv via hdmi!

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-07-27 04:17:27)
fusseltier avatardual layer dvds expensive? they are less than 40 cents where i live.
brand name dual layer dvd+r cost 37 cents.
i havent seen any dual layer dvd-r in my shop.

posted by (2010-07-27 11:34:24)
terrillcase30655 avatarI use the computer to surf the net and for downloading movies or copying dvd's ....... Heh nothing beats my dvd player to watch the movies..... I dunno I just like having the dvd's rather then some hard drives stacked around my house.... I have original and copied movies on dvdr discs.....

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