In Sweden, musicians, actors, and other artists get revenue from blank CDs via a copy fee built in to the price consumers pay. This is a fee supported by the Swedish copyright authority, Copyswede, to ensure that home recording doesn't destroy the music industry there, as it contends home recording would.
But as more people stop purchasing discs in favor of online storage and iPods, these artists are seeing income from the discs shrinking. That's why Copyswede is pushing for legislation to extend the reach of its copyright claims to thumbdrives, external hard drives, and even cell phones, according to The Local, a publication that covers Swedish news in English.
The argument is that such devices are used to distribute and play back music as much, if not more than, CDs and the artists should be compensated in kind. Copyswede hopes to have help from legislators or the justice ministry by this fall,
The move makes sense, and it got us thinking about the state of CDs these days. We know we're buying fewer CDs as the likes of iTunes and Amazon are making them obsolete--at least to the tech-savvy set. But by how much?
We'd like to know how many CDs our readers are buying. Surely fewer than 10 years ago, but by what metric? Vote in our poll, and comment in the TalkBack section. This, of course, is totally scientific.