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”?