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emilyrain Tech: CDex: pirate cds and make mp3s yo ho (16) RE: Tech: CDex: pirate cds and make mp3s yo ho 09 Apr 04


okay, i'm sorry for any and all offense.

::::"...i've been stealing music left and right...
i give you this link [same as above] in the spirit of sharing, and with no desire for personal gain." She seems confused, doesn't she?::::

touche, michael! i was just joshing, but it does send an inconsistent message, doesn't it?

for those who are curious, here's my philosophy on music pirating / file sharing as it applies to the BIG LABELS: whether or not i have access to the music for free, i will never, repeat never, buy CDs at retail, and rarely rarely at used shops or on clearance. recent studies indicate that most file sharers are like me, and therefore cd ripping applications and peer to peer networks make barely a dent in cd sales. mick's point about universal principles is well taken, and i respect his view and anyone who agrees with him. there are several areas of my life where i take a hard line moralist stance... but big label music isn't one of them. i'm not sure why that is, and i'll think about that and let you know what i dredge up.

here's my philosophy on music pirating / file sharing as it applies to SMALL or INDEPENDANT LABELS: i frequently and cheerfully pay retail for local artists' cds, and if i rip them to my computer it's for personal use only. i understand that pirating these cds takes money straight out of the pocket of the musician. there was one recent instance where i dubbed a friend's copy of a local band's cd, but then i sent the band $15 and a nice note. :)

are there contradictions and inconsistencies in my personal moral code? absolutely. am i and others like me putting anyone out of business? jury's still out, but i'm inclined to think not.   

bill d. is correct that i'm in and out here, but i have expressed these same views on mudcat before. i'm sure you folks have already read all the other threads on this debate... it's been a while since i perused one. i forgot that not everyone is as nonchalant about it as i am, and so i'm sorry again for my flippant thread title, and for not approaching the issue with more respect.

peace, cats.


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