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US music labels distribute fake songs

US music labels distribute fake songs

Obviously, American music labels are trying to stir up the file sharing community of AudioGalaxy, Grokster, KaZaA and Co. with targeted smuggling of fake music titles by well-known artists and to get users to buy the original music CDs.

For example, songs should have appeared that should alternately contain 20 seconds of original music and 10 seconds of silence within a song, or only 20 seconds of original music at the beginning, the rest just silence. It is difficult to distinguish these fake songs from the 'right' ones, because they have the exact length of the original songs. With the specification of 'Full Version' or 'Real Version' after the file name, an original version should also be simulated. This assumption is supported by an article in the Los Angeles Times announcing such a nasty practice regarding performer Eminem's label, Interscope. The US music industry (RIAA) defends its measures with such full-bodied words as 'This is just self-protection' or '... totally law-abiding'. You even hear from RIAA boss Cary Sherman that the music studios and labels would be to blame if they did not resort to such means.

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