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Used CDs: Who Gets Screwed? 

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To the editors:

I think I can assume by reading his column sometimes that Bill Wyman has a cynical opinion of recording labels [Hitsville]. In his June 4 column, he zealously wrote how the sale of used CDs reduces label profits, but he omitted the fact that artist profits are reduced as well. Recording artists, writers, engineers, etc., receive no royalties from the sale of used CDs. No royalties!

It is ironic that Mr. Wyman advocated screwing the artists he portends to support. He would do well to forget his cynicism toward recording labels long enough to think objectively through this important issue.

It is in the best interest of recording artists that consumers boycott establishments that sell used CDs.

Hazel Thornton



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