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Friday, 5 November 2004


The BBC reports that the rock band Queen is taking a novel approach to piracy – offering its fans the opportunity to download pirated recordings. The downloads will be available from the official Queen website at the rate of £5 each, which will be donated to charity.

“This latest idea harnesses the power of digital delivery to enable Queen fans to get the best of the many unofficial live recordings of the band - inexpensively and legally”
said a spokesman for EMI.

The IPKat marvels at the audacity of Queen in their attempt to beat the pirates at their own game. He predicts that this could be the start of many beautiful exam questions.

Sample the best of Queen’s music here and here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While these recordings are technically illegal it is important to note that these unofficial live recordings or 'bootlegs' as they are known, are commonly approved by many musicians and bands, as they provide their fans with a sense of community and also form part of their advertising and brand awareness.

Clearly, Queen is not doing anything new here - the only question is that does the distribution of these recordings legitimise them? Not to spoil the question for others, this is left as an exercise for the reader.

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