by eric90230 - 5/7/05 4:07 PM
In Reply to: file-sharing programs by Mykle
>> If you are not using any to make money, then what is the problem. <<
There are legitimate sellers of the music out there, and you are getting their product without compensating them. Its cheating. Its getting something for nothing, which is indefensible.
>> If none of these were meant to be downloaded or recorded, then we should not have been able to have such products to be able to do so. <<
Huh? If Im ABLE to steal something, then its OKAY to steal it? If Im ABLE to shoot somebody, then its okay to shoot him?
>> We are taught as children that sharing is a good thing. <<
Yes, if little Johnny shares his toy firetruck, thats a good thing. If he reproduces the firetruck ten thousand times and nobody needs to buy a firetruck any more and it runs the toy store out of business, thats not good. See?
>> The artists who have plenty of money <<
Wow, every artist in the world is rich? Thats so cool! And isnt it great to have the authority to tell people when they have too much money? I can imitate my hero, Karl Marx.
>> some people need to worry about paying the bills over buying an over priced CD <<
Well, I dont think theyre over-priced, but these are just opinions. Anyway, if you cant afford a CD, then you dont deserve it. I cant afford a Mercedes, and Im not ENTITLED to one.
>> I know I have downloaded a song that I never heard before and realized that I liked it, and eventually bought the CD. So if it was not for being able to download the song, the artist never would have sold their CD to me. <<
There are legitimate ways to hear music for free, such as the 30-second clips at Amazon.com. Or some music stores have listening stations where you can hear the whole CD if you want, before deciding whether to buy. Or listen to a friends copy. But, sorry, none of these options gives you the ability to get a permanent copy for free.
>> So it can as well be used as a way to generate more sales of the actual CD. <<
I can use my shotgun to drive in nails and build houses for the poor, but the shotgun is designed to scare the life out of people, and possibly kill them. There are zillions of people out there getting free CDs. Its not right, sorry.
Ive downloaded music files myself in the past, but Ive never claimed it was ethical. Now I pay as I go.
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