quote: "promoting the financial vitality of [their] members[record companies]."
quote: but pirating music (whether legal or otherwise) is Stealing something which another person(s) Worked to produce.
quote: My point was not so much about drug use, since this is obviously the wrong forum for it, as it was about the weakness of the typical "pro-piracy" justifications. Piracy is illegal, just as drug use is, and if we're going to lock up casual drug users then we should lock up those who pirate music as well. My addendum was intended for the "piracy doesn't hurt anyone" claim, to illustrate a point of view from which piracy is theft and perhaps is more amoral then legal marijuana use ever would be. (ie. hence we should punish illegal piracy as much as illegal marijuana use)
quote: Now, to respond to your remarks about drugs. There is little difference between the bad situations you describe and those that arise from alcohol, gambling, and any other behavior which is fine in moderation but self-destructive when taken to the extreme.
quote: If you disagree then apparently you have never known casual drug users. My college roommate occasionally smoked dope, and yet managed to get a BS in Physics from what is reputed to be the hardest undergrad department in America. And this was not at all an isolated incident
quote: Ive heard that people download/share/steal the music because the music companies and recording artists are rich and dont need to be charging this much for digital media which costs nothing to make. I say thats a cop-out for wanting "redistribution of wealth" to some sort because its not fair that they can be rich and still make money for their products.
quote: Copyright infringement isn't really any different than other forms of civil disobedience, which have been rightly called protests. That said, an outright boycott would be much more effective and people just don't want to give up listening to music.
quote: I'm sorry, I must have missed something there. What are you talking about here?
quote: What i was referring to was our freedom to use the internet the way we please without ISP interruption.
quote: There is a direct correlation of drug use to crime. Many drug users use and use until they have no money, no job, and then they become worse criminals, theifs, and murderers to feed their addiction.
quote: According to a 2005 U.S. News and World Reports ranking of the quality of Criminology and Criminal Justice Doctoral programs, the Maryland program is number one out of the thirty-two programs ranked.
quote: They hate the west because they are living in squalor when the biggest issue over here is wether paris will have to stay in jail or not.
quote: The frivalous nature of monsterously rich corporations raking everyone over the coals to squeeze out a few more pennies is just a sign of the times on how screwed up things have become.
quote: Stop putting effort into systems that require it's participants to be perfect to work. Accept a certain number of pirates will always exist and build a system that encourages the majority to use it by making it fair and easy to use... or spend eternity trying to rid the world of evil and make everyone hate you...
quote: So because people are illegally committing copyright infringement, the music industry should just cave in, cut their losses, charge less, and accept that pirates will take what they want and not pay for it....just so people dont hate them?
quote: Not that I love the RIAA, but your argument is basically defending thieves who dont have the money to pay for something and steal it, or people who have the money and dont want to pay for it....go start back up your limewire/bittorrent, and take your chances. Dont try and get everyone to bail you out because you are knowingly doing something wrong and taking a risk.
quote: Usenet is a relatively centralized method for users to distribute files and messages created before the Internet or peer-to-peer technology was created.