Security Issues

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Don Grossinger, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    just north of NYC
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    Mastering studios are the places from which the completed CD programs emerge. They are also among the most likely source of pre release leaks.

    Do the studios you work at (or run) have any provisions in place to prevent leaking of masters or rough mixes from going on the web for downloads before release dates?

    Or do you hope the tracks are put out there to drum up interest?

    Have clients expressed any concern to you about this part of the world we now live in? Will security issues be more important to you in the future?
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Distinguished Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    I've never had anyone approach me about this. I do know of a couple of instances where an assistant at a studio in LA uploaded some material to napster when it was around. Unfortunately is was Kenny G and no one downloaded it but he did get fired anyway. I don't have a large staff so it's easy to keep an eye on everything.
  3. joe lambert

    joe lambert Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    Oct 17, 2001
    321 West 44th Street Suite 1001
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    This is more of a concern for the major label projects. Most of my work is indie labels who are trying to get attention and sell some records. It's not a big concern for them.

    There has always been concern with people making copies without permision. There are just more ways to do it now.

    You have to be able to trust your staff.
    We give the labels hard copy CD refs. I'm carefull making sure I can account for each ref. that goes out. Only to the people they approve. I haven't had clients ask me to send them mastered versions over the internet. I do have clients who send me files over the internet. This has worked out well so far.

    Sending image files over the internet to the duplication house is getting more popular. I expect it to be the norm soon enough.

    That's a good thing about vinyl, it's very hard to send over the internet!

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