I would sell them on eBay and Craigs List. Licensing is not a problem if you bought them. Otherwise, you could take them to Goodwill. If they are not legal purchases, I would destroy them. Again, if they are legal purchases and you don’t want to fool with selling them, put them on Craig’s List for free. Someone will want them. Who wouldn’t want 1000 CD’s for free.
Somebody with more info may want to weigh in, but your possession of the media verifies the licensing. The whole transfer of the data to computer file is considered copying. I seriously doubt anyone is going to bother individual collectors with computer backups solely for their own use… the whole copyright infringement thing makes me cringe.
This excerpt is from a digital copying service I’ve used:
You can’t legally sell the disc if you keep the digital files on your computer. Bottom line, two people can’t possess and use music that only one person paid for. If that’s the case and you don’t want the disc, you need to destroy them or keep them. You can put them in your will when your digital copies are destroyed.
Or just put the CD’s in boxes without the cases. Use felt tip pen to mark what they are and maybe separate with paper. You could probably get down from 12 boxes to 3 or 4 (heavy) boxes. Consider them as backups.
Rob, put an ad on Craigslist. There are plenty people like me that are still buying them in large lots to add to my ROON collection. Typically prices are 50 cents to a dollar each if you want to get rid of them, or a lump sum for everything. If you are in Southern California…I’m interested in Jazz, Blues, etc.
+1 for Music Magpie.
Unfortunately, they now pay pennies for CD’s, but the physical space ‘back’ is welcome.
Although I do take onboard what has been said about licensing/ownership of music, and the need to retain the CD.