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If we can ban blank Nintendo DS cartridges, should we ban silicone as well? Mike Sense has a detailed look at how to make a copy of a vinyl record (kids, look it up on Wikipedia) which I’m sure breaks copyright.

Sense knows the value of music, and knows just how precious vinyl can be. So naturally he’s going to show us how to make a copy of our favourite 12 inch.

Vinyl records have a unique place in the world of music media. Aside from their warm analog tone, vinyl is the only popular medium that is nearly impossible to create or duplicate at home – something that can’t be claimed by cassettes, CDs, DVDs, and certainly not mp3s. Not to be an apologist for piracy, this inherently creates more value for recorded music than using an easily reproducible medium (be it physically or digitally) does.

To copy your records, you’ll ned using a wooden box, some silicone and a bit of liquid plastic.

Given this breaks copyright, the obvious knee jerk reaction is that now is time to ban silicon. Even if it might have legitimate uses in other areas, that doesn’t change the fact it could completely destroy the vinyl music industry.

The rubber is stealing the money right out of Paul McCartne’y’s pocket! Death to silicone!!!

Hat tip to Make, more from Mike Sense’s site.

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