Czech CD Clubs Warned

Andress, Mark
May 2003
Billboard;5/24/2003, Vol. 115 Issue 21, p46
Trade Publication
Reports on the efforts of the Czech music industry is seeking the closure of CD-lending clubs across the country to stem what it says is a major loss of sales through home CD burning, or copying, of borrowed music releases. The local branch of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is presenting documentation to the operators of some 70 clubs. It hopes this will lead to the closure of an estimated 70 "clubs of owners" operating in the Czech Republic. The IFPI says that while no writs have yet been prepared, it will take legal action against the clubs if they do not voluntarily shut down. The documentation that the IFPI has gathered includes a legal analysis, which it claims proves that the clubs are breaking copyright law. Life membership of the clubs, which typically costs about $10, provides partial ownership of thousands of CDs that can then be legally copied in unlimited quantities for "personal use."


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