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Originally posted by mirello
I've always heard all of you guys talking about how the mpaa, and riaa reacts to people illeagly downloading movies and music, well if you were working in these industrys, what would you do?
The day profits, made from the sweat of the working class, are used to help the working class, is the day I'll pay for # I can get for free... Steal it, take it back, it was stolen from you in the first place...
Someone called on his experiences and emotions, combined those with his talent, and put together words and music to create something unique and new. This new thing came from the writer. There is no 'working class' involvement.
Then other people took that song and arranged and performed it, pumping their emotions and interpretation to it, further increasing its value. This new thing came from the musicians. There is no 'working class' involvement that was not paid for.
Finally, these authors and musicians contracted with another group of people to distribute and sell it to anyone who wanted to exchange their property (money) with the first group's property (a created, performed, and distributed song). This new thing came from the producers, A&R people, and the packagers. There was no 'working class' involvement that was not paid for.
Anyone who downloads music without the permission of the owners of that music is a thief.
I realize that a lot of people are simply too lazy or dishonest to want to do the right thing and compensate creators for their creations. Some of them make up justifications such as "stealing from the working class" or the "musicians are overpaid" or "everyone else is doing it".
All those arguments do is make them into a liars and a hypocrites as well as thieves.
What losers their parents must have been, to have failed their children and society is such a way!
If it makes you feel better about yourself to call other people liars, thieves, and bad parents, then so be it. But if you have ever recorded a television program on VCR without first procuring written permission from the network, you are guilty of the same crime. I suggest you calm down a little bit and stop being such a jerk about it
As for me, I have no compunctions against downloading music.
The artists are able to live exorbitant lifestyles at the expense of their listeners, and the activities of my fellow thieves and I have yet to affect this fact.
In any case, let's talk about sales losses. The two links below are from this site, that has a well-sourced argument against file sharing as the principle woe of the recording industry. The first link is a UNC study of the REAL effects of file sharing on industry revenues. The second link shows rolling stone's top acts list - bottom line of that article is that the guys selling the most CDs are nowhere near the top of the list. The shows man, the shows, not to mention merchandising.
Well, I'd rather tend to agree, but since I feel you've lumped some honest folks in there unfairly, I'm gonna have to say "Them's fightin' words!" How about a grudge match on this topic?