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  •  I am willing to forgive a certain amount of (1+ / 0-)
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    music piracy among youth and starving students. If you are a grown up with a job, there is no excuse: pay for the things you use. And if you don't, well, don't blame the music industry for producing Justin Bieber's music when Justin Bieber's fans are consistently actually paying for it, but you aren't paying for yours because, y'know, fuck the man.

    Our digital age appears to have wrought a certain sense of entitlement. Witness, too, the gamers who seem to think it's economically supportable to provide them with a perpetual stream of new content for a game after they've paid $50 for it once.

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    by eataTREE on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:53:43 AM PST

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    •  I can forgive it when the music stolen (1+ / 0-)
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      from some successful mega-group where all commercial parties have more than recouped their investments.  But it ticks me off when it's small or indy musicians trying to make a go of it.

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      by bigtimecynic on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:57:01 AM PST

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      •  I take issue with the model of copying as stealing (0+ / 0-)

        A much better model is to ask whether those involved in the success of a work have been deprived of income.

        Firstly this factors in assistants, studio techs, promoters, distributors, middle men, etc. They all deserve a cut as well as the artists, though one can make a moral assessment of in what proportions those rewards should be.

        Secondly, it makes it clearer that copying can increase that income. If artists get distributed amongst people who won't buy their work without it being free (it seems to be an article of faith amongst some that such people don't exist-- I'd suggest that's unrealistic, and a little egotistical) then almost certainly more people who will pay to support it will be made aware of it, and so sales increase.

        To clarify, if the only alternatives are people not having the music or having the music and paying nothing, then no harm is done, even though supposedly "theft" has occurred.

        In some cases these are not the only alternatives, and people have the disposable income to pay: that is the issue, not the over-general metaphorical "theft". (However, I should note that I recognise this is the current established legal view and that I have no intention to break the law)

        The key is to create a culture where people want to support artists and their co-workers, not one of fear of reprisal. Ask yourself: of love and fear, which is more consistent with the rest of your worldview and politics?

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