RIAA to Music Fans: “Avoid blurry graphics” !

January 23rd, 2007 by kevin

It’s good to have a dude like MattSoReal on the case. He dug up some unreal text from the RIAA’s anti-piracy files:

TIPS FOR CONSUMERS: STEERING CLEAR OF ILLEGAL CDs

· Remember the Adage “You Get What You Pay For”: Even if you are hoping to get your favorite albums at a discount, new or used, extremely low prices might indicate pirated product.
· Watch for Compilations that are “Too Good to Be True”: Many pirates make illegal “dream compilation” CDs, comprised of songs by numerous artists on different record labels.
· Read the Label: If the true name and address of the manufacturer are not shown, it is most likely not legitimate product. These products often do not contain a bar code. Furthermore, if the record label listed is a company you’ve never heard of, that should be another warning sign.
· Look for Suspicious Packaging: Carefully look over the packaging and beware of products that do not look genuine. Packages with misspelled words, blurry graphics, weak or bad color should all raise red flags. Inferior quality print work on the disc surface or slip sleeve cover, as well as the lack of original artwork and/or missing label, publisher, and distributor logos on discs and packaging, are usually clear indicators that the product is pirated.
· Watch for Product Being Sold in Unusual Places: CDs sold in non-traditional venues, like flea markets or street corners, are probably not legitimate.
· Trust your ear: The sound quality of pirate CDs is often poor or inconsistent.

These guidelines describe just about all the best recordings I’ve ever known. From now on I’m ONLY going to buy CDs on street corners with “too good to be true” tracklists, blurry graphics, and misspelled words from record companies I’ve never heard of.

It’s 2007 – now can I please get some blurry graphics and “dream compilations”?

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14 Responses

  1. Dew Dew Von Braun Says:

    This is like some “you know you’re buying a mixtape/bootleg WHEN…”
    comedy bit. Cue Chris Rock/Dave Chapelle!

  2. Oliver Day Says:

    I actually like this line:

    Watch for Compilations that are “Too Good to Be True”: Many pirates make illegal “dream compilation” CDs

    In other words, “Pirates have a much better sense of what consumers want. If the products seems like it was made by someone who cares and understands music it isn’t made by us.”

    One thing I don’t get is this:

    The sound quality of pirate CDs is often poor or inconsistent.

    I thought the big argument by RIAA is that pirated CDs sound *exactly* as good as their own genuine CDs. Perfect digital replication… I’m confused.

  3. ripley Says:

    OH NO.. this music is TOO AFFORDABLE! it must be ILLEGAL!

  4. Zobiuk Says:

    If you don’t want to buy pirated CDs from members of the RIAA, it’s simple : JUST DON’T BUY CDS FROM MEMBERS OF THE RIAA … that’s clearly the best choice

  5. The Big Shaquan Ghost Says:

    Check it, when ur starting out in the game, u most likely wont have all the hi-tec stuff big labels will have, you got all the money.

    But basically, you’re trying to tell me if u see a kid selling his CD with blurry graphics, do not have an address or bar code, misspelled words, bad colors, and name you’ve never heard, then they are pirates? You greedy bitches are retarded.

    We don’t have all the luxuries you have, so stop trying to knock off our hustle cuz we want to make a legit living.

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