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mp3 Sharing and CD burning


Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Is it a Crime?By Andy CarlsonMonday, March 26, 2001

Mp3 websites, such as the well publisized Napster, has revolutionized the way that music reaches the ears of millions of music fans. Mp3 file sharing is an easy and free way to download all of your favorite songs and burn them onto a rewritable CD. So instead of going out and buying a CD for about $15 dollars and getting maybe three or four good songs, you can burn a CD full of your favorite songs for a fraction of the price.

Music fans, such as myself, have found this to be a cheaper and easier way to receive music. An average mp3 song on Napster takes about 10 to 20 minutes to download on a standard modem and then can be shared by music lovers around the world. People have been known to have 1000 even 2000 files downloaded in their Napster music libraries, which would have cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. But the fact that no matter how many songs you downloaded on Napster, they were all free. That was the main reason that recording artists and record companies began to call for a ban on Napster and other file sharing websites.

I can see where theyre coming from, for every song downloaded and burnt onto a CD takes money away from that band or singer. Then when the bands or singers records dont sell, the record producer and distributor also lose money. But personally I think that all the bands and record execs should just shut their mouths. So what if they miss out on a couple of million dollars. God forbid theyd be seen driving a Mercedes-Benz from last year or wearing the same dress or suit twice. A good example of what Im talking about is the show MTV Cribs. MTV Cribs is a show where celebrities tour you around their homes, and the rappers and bands complaining that Napster and CD burning is taking money away from them have $500,000 Bentleys, dozens upon dozens of $500 bottles of Cristal champagne, and upwards of $10 million dollar homes. Im thinking they can spare a few dollars here and there.

CD burning, however, is not limited to just music CDs. CD-ROM discs for computers also can be burnt and DVD discs can also be burnt. That makes it simple, one person can buy a CD, CD-ROM disc, or a DVD and can copy them at a small cost to distribute amongst all of his or her friends. Its a good system that works very well for most people.

However, a Federal Court recently sided with the recording artists in the highly anticipated court battle with Napst .....
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Crossing Cultures

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001

It's a bone chilling November evening in 1979. Members of Sheie and Garness Lutheran Churches of rural Mabel wait in the LaCrosse airport for a family coming across the Mekong River, Laotian mountains and centuries of cu ..... 
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Beneath Tropical Seas

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 5, 2001

Waves roll in and then recede, as the ocean endlessly caresses this lonely tropical shore. Shallow, crystal clear and deliciously warm are the waters of the all-encompassing sea. The white sand beach is deserted, polis ..... 
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Escape from America

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Im a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like its going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Industrial Cooking

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001

You may have heard of "old wives tales". I have an "old farmer attitude" when it comes to cooking. When it is my turn in the kitchen, I tend to press on to get the job done regardless of obstacles. If I dont have an ing ..... 
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Money Well Spent

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001

I sat in a seat in the middle of the theatre and looked upward.

The ceiling is still up there after all these years, I thought. Masonite panels tacked up with nails and painted green. Usually the lights are lo ..... 
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Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Journal Opinion

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Facilities Committee served the people well
March 26, 2001

For all practical purposes, the the Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee have concluded their work.

Commissioned by the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners i ..... 
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To the Editor,

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001Please, please, Fillmore County residents, stop and think before you open our area to developers and/or new residences on "10-acre woodlots." We now, in year 2001, have fertile land, plenty of woods, and relatively unpolluted ai ..... 
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