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While I'm all for artists retaining all rights to their music, I have to respectfully disagree with you on this, depending on whether it was audio or video taping that was being done. I personally love going to youtube and finding good quality video and audio recordings of a band I like, and as long as the recorder is not making a profit on it and isn't being too big a jerk in the process - which this guy may have done by pushing to the front - then I don't have a big problem with it. It is possible some artists who could use the extra attention might even welcome the free publicity. KE probably falls into this category, though hopefully not for much longer. Her new album I've come to believe is a masterpiece and the kind of record, like Lucinda'a Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, that we'll still be listening to ten years from now and that will define her career.

Sean Ryan

I totally understand your desire to want to record an artists work - it's no different than my children wanting to eat only desserts.

However, you don't have the right to do so, unless the artist indicates they are cool with it. You can always violate the right, as many do, but at the end of the day, an artist's ability to monetize their work is the only thing they have, so respecting those rights seems reasonable

Only in recent times was there even a concept that it was "OK" to do this.


Kathleen is pro-taping, as long as people don't sell it. Of course, it's always courteous to ask performers first, but sometimes there just isn't enough time.

I'm sorry about the really tall guy guy who fought his way in front of you. He probably did it to get the best possible sound, so that everyone can enjoy the show as much as possible later on. Wouldn't you like to experience the show at The Independent again, with best possible sound? Well, (at least) two guys made sure you can. There are two recordings of KE @ The Independent at

I'm very thankful to tapers worldwide who share their recordings of KE and other great artists, I wish that everyone would feel the same and not make it more difficult for them to record shows.

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