Letter: Pirate CDs

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Sir: I can well understand the record industry's concern that Philips' new mass-market CD recorder may promote CD piracy (report, 26 June). The price of an album has more than doubled in the last 10 years, well above the rate of inflation.

Even as the cost of CD production decreases, the margin between royalties to the musician and the overall price of a CD continues to widen. Somebody, somewhere between the musician and the consumer, is getting greedier and greedier. Perhaps the incentive to pirate CDs would be less if this greed could be controlled.

TOM HEIGHTMAN

Salisbury

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