Tape Piracy: It’s Everyone’s Problem

If you purchased a record in the mid-70s, you might have seen this insert.

This one was pulled from the album Spirit of ’76, released in 1975 by the psychedelic band, Spirit.

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6 Responses

  1. Central Scrutinizer

    “WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SPOT A PIRATE? Contact your local police…” HaHaHa good one!I am sure that really worked.

    The next one is a little more enigmatic.

    “Contact your local..distributor…or the RIAA.”

    They are definitely more likely to strap you to some torture device much like the old Spanish Inquisition.

  2. FarePlay

    True. I was driving to my new home, Marin County, CA., from Durham, NH in late summer of 1972 with my friend Andrew. We stopped in Aspen, CO and saw a record store.

    Went inside and they must have had 1,000 titles of bootleg cassettes, hand lettered at ten bucks a shot. Told the owner that it was illegal, his response, “Nobody’s making you buy it”.

  3. HansH

    Have you seen this article?

    RIAA: Online Music Piracy Pales In Comparison to Offline Swapping


  4. @twelveavocats

    Les pirates au milieu de 70’s, à lire!

  5. mdti

    All this was BEFORE the VHS rulings that allowsed to record movies and music after first broadcast or puchase.

    Can it be transposed in the digital era where an illegal recording is not a recording, but a copy ? not sure.

  6. AnAmusedGeek

    It doesn’t need to be transposed…

    American’s already have the legal right to reproduce digital CD’s as long as we use ‘audio cd’s etc etc…We pay a tax on every blank ‘audio’ CD sold, in exchange for it.

    RIAA sold you guy out over 20 years ago, and wants to cry about it now… Wonder how much of that ‘tax’ money actual artists see ?

    Interestingly, the people that worked on the law, wanted to make it LESS restrictive, and allow more copying/sharing…