1- Peer to peer downloading is not
the same thing as theft. It's just not. Nor is it even, in many cases, the same thing as loss of a sale.
Though admittedly, it does sometimes equate to the latter.
Let's say I bought a copy of a Nine Inch Nails album (on CD) when it came out in 1994. Let's say I've played that album so much that it ended up
scratched or lost, and I ended up buying another copy. Eventually two
more copies (aside from the original). Let's say instead of buying the
same CD a fourth time, I download a copy. Is this stealing? Is this a lost sale? I have heard of / seen this exact same thing happening. Some people
like to preview an album before they purchase it. I'd say this goes doubly so for expensive software-- the trial versions of which are often
2- Coincidentally, just last night I read an excellent article on this subject written by Courtney Love
. Generally her tone is anti-piracy,
while at the same time not entirely seeming anti-file-sharing. In fact, she is of the opinion that record companies are the worst offenders of
"piracy" as they often end up paying the artists little to nothing while they get rich and defend "their" intellectual property like rabid
If this is an issue you find interesting, I'd recommend checking out this artist's perspective:
3- As Ms Love points out in that article, these people have not given proof
that downloading has lead to decreased sales. It may have even
given a boost to the recording industry....
.... an industry which for years has tried to sucker both artists and consumers out of more money than they had the right to. This is karma if ever
I've seen it. For those of you around my age or older-- remember how when CD's came out they promised that prices would quickly drop? Does anyone
remember how long it took CD prices to drop... by just a little bit? They actually got sued over this issue...
4- I'm not saying I don't think all these people don't deserve to get paid for their work. They do, obviously. And they have been, for the most
part. Show me that downloads have been hell for this industry, and maybe I'll get behind your crusade. But that's not what I've seen. What I've
seen is a bunch of fat cats trying to stick it to the little guy, yet again. And on that note....
I've seen quite a lot of mention of Civil War and Revolution around here (and elsewhere) over the last couple months. And I have a hard time seeing
how that would go down, unless The Government were the ones to initiate it. And despite what some believe about the government's unwillingness to use
chemical or biological weapons against its own people (hint: they would probably hire soldiers from other
countries to do the dirty work) I
have difficulty seeing "the people" winning that one.
On the other hand-- I'm almost surprised we haven't already
seen a revolt against the corporatocracy
. These large corporations... the
ones making billions
from record sales, and internet service, and feeding us news, and advertising, cars, oil, energy, pills pills pills, and
oh-so-"low" interest rates on funds created from thin air-- the companies that drive us into debt, have us declared "psychologically aberrant" for
being sad or distracted to live in a messed up world, try to penalize us for "sharing," and who will only grow more powerful and all-encompassing as
time goes on.
This is the real threat to our nation. It has been
for the better part of the last couple / few generations. Monopolies are supposed to be
illegal, no? Ask yourself: are they really? Or just on paper? How much more should they be allowed to get away with? How much more power should they
be allowed to gain? "Nothing," would be my vote-- and the vote of any sane and truly aware person (who isn't biased for some reason). However,
given the entire system we operate in has been owned and run by them for as long as any of us have been alive, and the system is set up to protect
these corporations and their disgusting little servants-- most actions against them (beyond organized boycotts-- which of course don't work when the
corp has a virtual monopoly) would be illegal, and thus you'd have to put yourself, and your well-being on the line in order to take that stand...
which really (like a boycott) would be meaningless unless the effort was massive and organized. But of course, that won't happen...
.... we have been split into too many different voices, different views and opinions.. and most of us value personal safety and comfort above all
else... including securing a better future for ourselves and our children. Of course... we can't really be blamed for that... we've been
"programmed" to be the people and the society we are. Via the schools and the media "they" have owned for many decades.
So what's the solution?
I wish I knew...