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July 15, 2008



Swapster lets you trade CDs, DVDs, Video Games and Books. You trade your items for points, then buy items with the points you earned. It's really easy.


It is the coolest idea, isn't it? The guys who came up with SwapaCD also run paperbackswap.com, which rocks if you're a big reader as well as a big rocker(!) It helps that one of the guys is from my alma mater (Berry College, in Rome, GA!)

Julie M.

In the same vein... Bookins.com offers a way to swap out books and DVDs. Very cool...especially when you're looking around for summer books (and Movies)!

Dawnirer Gomer

Sure beats the heck out of getting a bigger CD holder. I have a 200 now and I only have like 2 or 3 spots left. If I buy anything else I won't have room for "Revelation". Now THAT would be a problem!


If it were illegal, it would have been stopped. Some of you folks are thinking too much here. I have never heard of this til now, but Mark is not selling or copying the CD's.

He is swapping "albums" he doesn't like any more with other people. He just doesn't happen to know them.

Not unlike a friend coming to my house and asking me if I would swap one of my CD's for a Third Day "Come Together" CD. (Hypothetically speaking because I already have it.) He has a different CD and so do I. It was a swap.

The money has been paid for each CD, the CD has been bought, the royalties have been earned. Nobody's getting ripped off here.

Lighten up, people.

I DO have a problem letting people borrow my CD's to burn their own copy. THAT is where the money hasn't been paid, the CD hasn't been purchased, the royalties haven't been earned. Somebody's getting ripped off here.


I'm no lawyer, but I think Mark's right about legality, although sometimes I've even seen the "personal" use thing questioned. But that's my general policy. I imagine if you swap a cd you should delete all copies legally.

I don't have a lot I want to get rid of, although I should check. A family friend sent me this. I think you can do this with books also.

Mark Lee

This is definitely a "gray area". You are legally allowed to burn a copy of a CD you own for your personal use. But if you sell or trade your CD you don't "own" it anymore, so ethically shouldn't you also delete the copy?

Of course this is just my interpretation, and as a musician I'm going to be more conservative here :)

Corrine aka Mama Gomer

Question: What are the legal ramifications of this? I mean, if I copy a CD onto my computer/iPod, then decide to swap it, isn't that illegal? Just wondering.

Dan and I were just thinking that we need to get rid of a bunch of our CDs we don't listen to anymore. Good idea!

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