posted on Oct, 28 2010 @ 02:57 AM
I'm sorry folks, my stance on stolen materials is firm. (But read everything I have written before you judge me) And, I've got pirated music of my
own. I've watched pirated movies. But, the only real justification for theft is if you have a good and just purpose in doing it. I knew I was
wrong when I downloaded those files and watched those movies. It eats at me when I have done it. If I'm an artist, my intent likely is to sell CDs.
I like to eat like everyone else. If I wanted to give them away, then I would. No artist should have to give their works away, unless they freely
choose to do so. I mean, I could use free CDs to promote my concerts, which I charge money for. Or, I could give you a free concert, and ask you if
you want to purchase my CDs. Or, I can charge for both, or charge for neither.
The truth is, this isn't a world where you can live without money, or some sort of exchange. In terms of music and movies, the most honest thing to
do is buy it, if the artist is selling their works. I have no problem with people getting rich. Now, I don't like people getting rich by taking
advantage of people or hurting them. That's different, and that's criminal.
I believe in the American dream, and if people want to advance ahead of their peers, then I feel it is their right to do so.
That being said, if I were a big artist like Eminem, I'm not going to chase you down for pirating my music. I know enough people will purchase my
music. I wish the pirate would purchase my music, but I am happy that you are a fan. Hopefully in the future, you will purchase my music, like you
are supposed to.
Here's where copying can be ok for an artist. Giving a copy to a friend could be good advertisement, however, as long as you aren't abusing the
copy thing. I don't see this as all that bad, given that if I was an artist. So, yeah, give a copy to a friend, but don't copy my entire CD
collection and give it away to everyone; that means that these folks can own all my songs without actually having to pay for them. How is that fair?
So, a copy can be free advertisement, but don't abuse it. I want people to buy my products, not steal them. McDonald's and Wendy's don't give
their food away normally, do they? But, they might give away a burger with a coupon, to get you as a customer, though.
So, yes, pirating probably doesn't really make an artist poor, but that doesn't really make it right.
What would you think if I stole your patented invention, and sold it as my own? The money you thought was going to be there for you, no longer is.
As a slick billionaire, I stole the invention, hired expensive advertisers, and made you, the real inventor, a thing of the past. All the sales come
to me, because "I" claim to be the inventor. And, no one was there to defended your patent. Extreme example, but it does demonstrate a point.
But, anyway, back to the topic. No, I can't say that I trust this new law, because a lot of laws coming out are suspect simply because of the
corruption that is already going on in this country. Sometimes there is a just reason to steal content. Sometimes you gotta expose the truth. You
might have damning footage that is owned by NBC, that is imperative for people to see, and NBC is withholding it. What do you do? You don't hold
something like that back, you get that footage out there. It's for the greater good, so I don't feel normal law applies in this case. I don't
want the freedom of valuable information to stop on the internet.