Re: downloading music
Is there a legal precedent to file sharing...the comparsion to the suffragette movement was absurd I might add.
Think about it...you have a formally physical only medium, that can now be transferred across cyberspace...I think unfortunately for the music industry the train has left the station on this one...what to do? I don't have the answer...but the music industry can either go the distance and try to prosecute/fine anyone caught filesharing/illegal downloading, or they can acknowledge that music theft is here to stay. I can't of a way that illegal file sharing could ever be stopped, unless you extremely deterred people from using it. I love the idea of packaging vinyl LPs with download codes...higher quality for me, plus the digital copy, plus the artist gets paid. Win win. Not that vinyl will ever save the record industry, but I'd love to see it highly promoted.
That said, the fact that file sharing is readily accesable doesn't make it right to illegally download. I don't do it, but I don't thumb my nose at people who do it. I do scoff at people who try to rationalize stealing music though...c'mon and admit it. Myself, I downloaded a bunch of stuff in college for free but you know what...I knew I was doing something legally wrong...I just knew I'd get away with it. Trying to act like you have the moral grounds to illegally steal music/files looks silly. Just acknowledge you are doing it, and recognize you won't ever get caught.