Have you ever knowingly purchased "bootleg" or gray-market recordings?

Have you ever knowingly purchased "bootleg" or gray-market recordings?
21% (38 votes)
72% (130 votes)
I'm not sure . . .
4% (7 votes)
Let me explain . . .
3% (6 votes)
Total votes: 181

All right, 'fess up. Have you ever bought pirated music? Sometimes it's the only way to get what you want.

Al Marcy's picture

Rape is OK if she keeps saying no?

Reggie Smith's picture

Certain things, like concerts, can only be purchased that way. If we waited for record companies to give us what we want, we'd be in ,limbo for God knows how long!

David Schwartz's picture

As a big Beatles collector, I have more than 400 bootleg singles, LPs, and CDs. These consitute less than 1/6 of my Beatles collection. If the material was released legitimately, I'd buy it that way. Just because EMI doesn't want to release anything related to the Beatles that they think won't sell millions of copies doesn't meant that I (and others) don't want to hear it!

Nick Fulford's picture

I've never bought a pirated album, but I do have one CD that a friend burned on his CD-ROM Writer. He said I'd like the album, I listened to the disc he burned a few times, and it sits unused. Now that your question reminds me of that fact, I will either buy the album (doubtful) or destroy it (likely). If I expect record companies to go the high road, then I better be prepared to do the same. Thanks for the reminder.

Simon's picture

Only when what I wanted was not available through "legit" means---live recordings mainly. Although as my audio system has improved over the years, these recordings have become essentially unlistenable to me. For the record companies to be worrying about 24/96 pirating is absurd---the quality will still suck!

Joie Hartmann's picture

I am assuming that Dick's Pixs does not count as a pirated music. My intellectual property is of value to me and other peoples property is as well.

John Crossett's picture

Nope, and I won't either. Sound quality is usually abysmal, and I think the artist should get at least some of my money for making music that I enjoy.

Andrew Johnson's picture

The most I've done is listen to somebody elses take he made of his own music. I suppose since I didn't pay for it but he legally made it and then gave it to me I'm an accessory after the fact. Please don't call the law. As to my name below...I'm not the ex president.

Scot Forier's picture

I will admit that I have listened to pirated music, and that I still have a couple left in my possession, I have never actually paid for it.

David Mitchell's picture

No, not yet . . .

Tom Selnau's picture

In the early 70's I bought an album (8 track) which had a really mediocre label on it. I assume it was pirated, but I paid retail at a store. Does that count?

Andrew Johnson's picture

The most I've done is listen to somebody else's tape he made of his own music. I suppose since I didn't pay for it but he legally made it and then gave it to me I'm an accessory after the fact. Please don't call the law. As to my name below...I'm not the dead president.

Anonymous's picture

Lot' sof bootleg Springsteen!!

Mike's picture

Yes, there is some rare material that can be found only on pirated music, but the quality is usually so poor it's not worth the risk, and very rarely provides greater musical worth than a properly recorded original.

Stephen Curling's picture

i only buy stuff i hear on the radio. which is publically available to the masses.

kcso's picture

All the music I have on tape is either bought or personal compilations where I have the CD or LP as original source. I have, however listened (the Bill Clinton thing??) to music that appears to be pirated and if I liked it, I would buy a "real" copy for myself.

Larry Archibald's picture

Why bother? Music's a great buy at any reasonably priced source.

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Anon.'s picture

Only live or studio outtake bootlegs. I wouldn't bother with pirated albums.

JKH, Santa Clara, CA's picture

I bought a black-market 8-track tape years ago while in college (trying to fit a music library (such as it was) into my meager allowance. The product was so dreadful, even by the low standards of the day, that I have not ever bought any pirated music since. Hell, I have a hard enough time getting accurate CDs out of my CD club without throwing money at poorly recorded pirated sounds.

D.Cline's picture

I never "bought" pirated music.

Matt H.'s picture

Imports of live events I have been to, when the event was not available elsewhere. It is always artists from whom I have purchased their EP's and LP's.

Jim Bowdren's picture

Never considered it.

Mark A's picture

I guess my preferences are too mainstream.

Mats Neander, Sweden's picture

To steal is to steal, no matter in what way the theft is done, or in what way I help the thieves to get the goods sold. I wouldn't buy a stolen TV set in a backyard either, simple as that!

Eighteen Wheel Eddie's picture

I'm not quite sure. It seems the cover notes were kind of blurry and the record-company logo was a skull and crossbones. I got a funny feeling that just maybe the truck stop was pulling one over on me.

Jack Lundrigan's picture

Do live bootlegs count?

Lord Coz's picture

Pay for pirated discs? Hell no!! Have pirated music? Hell yeah!

Peter van Gessel's picture

If I'm comletely blown away by a concert, I need to get the bootleg. For example: it took me 4 years to get the bootleg of a Dream Theater concert I went to and I slapped down $150 for it. That's how desperate I can get.

R.  Cuddihey's picture

I think the music industry is being greedy. In Canada, the price of blank CDs and blank tapes went up to compensate for the money artists lose from pirating. Why should I have to pay more for a blank tape so someone like Bryan Adams can make more money? I imagine he already makes more than my $25,000 a year. If artists want to protect their music, let them use their money to invest in an encoding scheme. Don't make the general public pay for the mistakes of a small percentage. Now we still have pirating, the music industry makes more money, but the general public pays more for nothing. Just doesn't seem right.