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Thursday, August 30, 2007

"Led Zeppelin star helps convict music pirate"

What is music piracy? Piracy is what is known in the trade as 'passing off' - the imitation of official product to fool the consumer into thinking it is legitimate. 'Piracy' is a factory in China selling reproductions of The Best Of Led Zeppelin at a third of the price. What this guy did was Bootlegging :

"Bootlegging is often incorrectly referred to as piracy but there are important differences between the two terms. Bootlegging is trafficking in recordings that the record companies have not commercially released, whereas piracy is the illegal copying/sale of recordings that are (or have been) available commercially or are planned/scheduled for commercial release." (thanks Wikipedia)

Counterfeiting is something completely different. Here's an interesting article about bootlegging.

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