Physical media refers to any media that is created by an individual and stored on a computer or other storage device, such as tapes, CD-ROMs, DVDS, or DVDs. It is different from digital media, which refers to any media that is created electronically. Because it is stored in a tangible form, physical media has a leg to stand on legally. Because of this, it is important to take precautions to ensure your legal rights are protected.
There are several different legal issues involved in physical media collecting. In the age of the iPod, for example, it is possible to resell digital music to loved ones. This means that if you find the songs on sale on your home computer, you can reproduce them and resell them. If you do so illegally, you may be held liable for copyright infringement.
While you should not go out and break the law in order to make money, it is important to be cognizant of your legal rights when it comes to physical media collections. For example, there are laws in place that govern the video game industry. These laws, among others, make it illegal to copy video games. This includes cases where collectors collect game discs, trade for the discs wholesale, or in any way attempt to make money off of a game’s resale value.
There are some things you can do to avoid breaking any laws when it comes to the physical collections you have made. The most important thing to do is to listen to what the original publishers have to say about a particular game. If they state it was “last edited” or “final cut”, then it is safe to assume it is the property of the publisher and not you. If they state that the game was “updated” or “revised”, then it may still be copyrighted, but you don’t have permission to release a copy. Last edited and final cut, are terms that often describe unfinished games, trailers, and demo versions of games. Be aware that these terms can become vague, so you should always check the original documentation and/or refer to the original publishers.
A good way to start off your collection without breaking any laws is to start by buying and storing only original CDs and DVDs. While they may be expensive, they will provide the highest quality image and sound. To make storing your collection easier, you can invest in a big plastic storage box or use a dvd case. The best option would be to use dvds as part of a backup media set. For most people, backing up your media is the first step before collecting and trading. Many people even create multiple backup media sets so that they can store everything (physical and digital media) in one place and be able to access it easily from any computer.
Over the past few years, digital video discs and compact disks have become very popular, but the price tag alone has caused many people to stray from this collecting fad. With the price of hard drive space steadily on the rise, and the cost of physical media devices decreasing, it is becoming more feasible to collect digital media items in lieu of traditional media such as CDs and DVDs. In addition to the convenience of using removable storage devices, physical media collecting is a great hobby that offers unlimited rewards. In fact, once you begin collecting, you may find that the collection grows to several times its original size!