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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Mon, Oct. 18th, 2004 05:45 pm
Topic of the Week -- PIRACY

Arr, mateys.  The music industry would keel haul the lot of you if they thought 'twere downloading tunes illegally.  Shall ye walk the plank for such a crime, or shall ye be free to do so?  Would my parrot squawk if ye downloaded one rousing song, or an album's worth?  What think ye?

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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Mon, Oct. 18th, 2004 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Piracy

I always tell people who want to borrow one of my CDs that they have to buy the album if they want more than half the songs on the album. I think that's within the realm of "fair use," but also gives the artist and music company credit for producing the material. I am happy with the rise of I-Tunes and other such services. Newsweek recently did a story on the music industry, and expressed dismay at how companies refuse to sell whole albums online for less than a regular CD. The author points out that there is less involved with shipping and promotional costs with the online version, but even more important is the fact that people are more likely to buy it at a lower price. Would you rather sell ten units for $16.99 apiece, or get people to buy fifty for $9.99 each? Heck, some companies fought like mad to keep VHS from making it to the market years ago, now they make the bulk of their money from video/DVD sales. The industry needs to get real, or they'll keep having problems.

In my humble opinion, anyway... :)


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silentknight
Matthew
Tue, Oct. 19th, 2004 12:03 am (UTC)

Personally, if I download something and I like it a lot, I'll buy the CD. The CD is obviously the higher quality of the two, and comes with the books and pictures and all that nifty stuff. Plus, i dont have to waste my time searching through downloading services for evey single track. That takes a long time, and virtually makes my computer useless for gaming, which is what i mainly use it for ;). Thus, I feel I dont do anything really wrong by occasionally downloading a song or two. I use itunes occasionally, but not often because I listen to things Itunes rarely has.

I do believe the music industry has to learn to think out of the box. They like being rich, and don't want to do anything that may change their previously working formula, even though it's breaking down now.


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hellokitty138
hellokitty138
hellokitty138
Tue, Oct. 19th, 2004 12:26 am (UTC)

#1 CDs are too expensive. #2 They don't have enough good songs on them. If I hear at least 3 songs off an album that I like, I'll usually buy it. However, that doesn't happen too often.

I try to borrow CDs from the library or a friend first (and I very frequently rip a song or 2). If I only like 1 or 2 songs, I'm simply not going to buy the CD, so the artist, record company, etc. aren't going to lose any money there.

Whether or not it it's OK for me to swipe them off a borrowed CD or from the internet, I don't know. I have no problem paying $.99 for a song, but sometimes the song I want can't be found.

A lot of what I've "illegally" downloaded has been Fleetwood Mac bootlegs. Stuff that was never commercially available. I'd buy it if it were. Therein lies 2 problems. FM clearly never wanted the stuff released, or they'd have done it. AND, I downloaded it from a fileswapping service.

In short, I don't have a clear answer.


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librarygal
librarygal
Ruth
Tue, Oct. 19th, 2004 12:37 am (UTC)

I can proudly say that I've never downloaded a song from the internet ;) And like others have said, if I borrow a cd from a friend and like more than 3 songs from it, then I'll buy it. (Although I'm poor right now, so the Evanescence cd has not been bought yet. I need to make a trip to Best Buy, because cds are usually cheaper there). My exception to this rule is that my brother and I share songs because I think it's silly for both of us to own the same cd unless we really, really like it (so we have 5-10 duplicates).


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refmansbn
refmansbn
Tue, Oct. 19th, 2004 11:51 am (UTC)
Think about the songwriter

I never download illegal music for one reason: I would never want someone to take money out of my wallet just with the click of a button. One should keep in mind that Britney and Janet and all the other pop stars rarely write their own songs. That falls to songwriters that spend long hours creating Top 40 hits for megastars, and receiving pitances compared to the buckets of cash that megastars rake in. You never see songwriters living in Beverly Hill, in the largest house in the Hollywood Hills, or in huge townhouses in the Village in NY. Why? They don't get that much money.

If you like the song, pay .99 and keep new songs coming.


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