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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Copyrights in Jordan

A new thing my friend told me today, he owns a store for selling music (arabic and english), they sell the old cassets for 1 JD to 1.5 JDs , and those are legal copies, but they sell the arabic and english music CDs for 1 JD but as you can tell, illigal copies !., plus the movies they sell for 1JD to 1.5 JDs ..
In the past , when the goverment used to come to his store, they used to pay some fee for breaking the law, and just get out of it .. if he is lucky, the goverment wont take the illigal stuff, but sometimes they do, and his loss becomes very big !.
But now, a new law is out, and now the criminal investigations office is involved, if the goverment finds any illigal stuff in any of those music stores, the seller will go to jail for 48 days !!!.

I mean, for god sake, what is the use of such a law ? puting more people in the prisons , and making more families out of funding sources .. who is gonna buy a cd for 10 jds ? , people will surely start downloading those illigal stuff from the internet, most of the music stores will close now for sure, no body want to spend 48 days in prison for such a work, I am still wondering, what is the use for jordan in such a law , we are not a big multimedia producing country to get use of those copyrights, .. anyidea what good it could be to jordan ?
I am not with illigal stuff, but I dunno .. I think in such a case, let the people live .., no more poverty


  • It is not a matter of poverty ! It is a matter of respecting sum1's intellectual property rights and copy rights! Whenever u buy the original CD some share of the profits goes to the artist , it is kinda his salary unlike buying the copy ! So u r kinda robbing some1 !
    I am not a saint , I do buy these stuff but I am trying to cut down on that!

    By Blogger Waed S., At February 23, 2008 at 9:58 AM  

  • I totally agree, but do you think any guy from sweeleh, or almost any other area in amman would pay 10 jds for a music cd ?, or like 15 for a movie .. no way (: , they will all start stealing those stuff from the internet , so .. both ways, the artist didnt get any profit (I think its the production company which gets the profit, not the artist).
    So simply, the lawy will make a lot of ppl here in jordan go out of buisness, and it will make almost no use for the production companys and artits, you might say let them sell cassets only , but.. no one uses those anymore thesedays (:

    By Blogger deadman walking, At February 23, 2008 at 12:28 PM  

  • LOL
    i can't agree to break copyrights, but i know how much they are unfair. The solution is not by break copyrights , but instead for adopting for a new licenses for data and media. I'm not expert for that, but i think some breakthroughs has been made to DRM.
    try to see that

    By Blogger aboSamoor, At February 23, 2008 at 12:45 PM  

  • I am not sure what to think about this either! It is not fair for people in jordan with our current average income to pay the same amount of other countries! Why dont they issue low cost copies for us?!! They would benefit, and we would stop buying pirated copies!

    By Blogger The Observer, At February 25, 2008 at 3:47 PM  

  • Abosamoor
    Well,DRM free music is a nice solution, but am sure most of the people in jordan doesn't know about it,plus its no big benefit for the stores.

    The observer
    Exactly, that would be a great solution!

    By Blogger deadman walking, At February 25, 2008 at 5:23 PM  

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