Ongoing History Daily: Bootlegs can be dangerous

Until streaming came along, bootleg CDs were a major problem for the music industry. Most were produced in countries where there was little oversight when it came to copyright protection and intellectual property.

Making bootlegs was a crime in itself and ripped off musicians and labels, but there’s evidence that the profits derived from the sale of these illegal recordings went to some shady places.

According to a 1994 British newspaper report, the Irish Republican Army got a lot of its funding through the sales of bootleg CDs. Investigators believe that the IRA raised over £10 million for guns and bombs and whatever else by flooding the British market with illegal CDs and vinyl.

Last week ended with some fun with CD-ROMs.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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