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Sunday, October 05, 2003
 
I believe a lot of what goes on P2P networks is copyright infringement, but what choice do we have. The music and movies are sold in packages that violates our traditional fair use rights under the law. If i can't make a copy of the CD for my car, and the manufacturer won't give me another CD when the original get stolen or damaged, then why should I buy the CD

Sorry but that's nonsense.

The CD is a carrier instrument. Meaning that if I buy a CD and give it to you, it's yours. Kind of like money. If I have a dollar and give it to you, it's yours to use. Now, what happens if my dollar gets stolen? The use of that dollar is transfered over to someone else. Does it entitle me to make a copy of the dollar so I can spend it in case my original dollar gets lost or stolen?

It doesn't because the implications of "there are more dollars in the economy" are obvious - devaluation of currency. The dollar is both a medium of currency and a unit of it. So is a CD. The physical CD you have represents both the medium and the licence for the content. If someone steals your physical CD, and you start using your backups, you've now created two "instances" of that CD in the world. You bought it once, but now two people: you and the person who stole your CDs - are using it. Or maybe they sold the CD they stole from you. Much like the case of duplicating a dollar in case the original gets stolen, this is not an acceptable situation from the point of view of the issuer of currency or music. Yes, you sure did earn that buck, and you sure did buy that CD, but your rights in both cases allow you to trade it, but not to duplicate it.

I believe a lot of what goes on P2P networks is copyright infringement, but what choice do we have. The music and movies are sold in packages that violates our traditional fair use rights under the law. If i can't make a copy of the CD for my car, and the manufacturer won't give me another CD when the original get stolen or damaged, then why should I buy the CD. The manufacturer obviously has no respect for me as a customer, so I might as well return the disrespect the manufacturer and copy the music off the net.

Nonsense once more.

As an individual, you're not guaranteed "respect" from a business entity as any sort of human right. For example, there may be a store owner in your neighborhood whom you perceive to be rude and unfriendly to you. Your option is to avoid patronizing his establishment or to be rude back to him. Your option is NOT to in any way steal his property.

If disrespect is a justifiable cause to transgress on someone's property, then surely RIAA companies have a right to disrespectfully snoop on your computer/network traffic, in exchange for your disrespectful usage of P2P networks? If disrespect justifies illegal transgression...

The same goes for movies. If movies are increasingly downloaded from the net, it won't be because people don't want to buy movies. It will be because the movies we can buy are illegally packaged to prevent out fair use rights. Why should I buy a movie that is crippled when I can download a copy that honors my fair use rights. The manufacturer may hid behind a license, but it makes no difference. A contract that removes legal rights, especially when the rights are not itemized, should not be honored.

Nonsense once again. There are plenty of non-itemized rights that you are denied all the time. In case of currency, it's not "obvious" that you cannot duplicate your dollars for backup purposes but anyone who's not a total idiot understands this. Same goes for music and movies. You're not entitled to music and movies the way you're entitled to free speech. Since someone provides these things as luxury items, they have the right to do so upon their own terms. You have the right to say "fuck that" and not do business with these enteties. However, no amount of rationalizing gives you the legal right in the eyes of any court to steal their property.

I find your last sentence particularly unconvincing. Clearly you're very well aware of the implications of licences. You know which items are "not itemized." Your gripe comes down to "I very much want the product that was made, but I do not wish to receive this product on manufacturers' terms. But I still really really want it, so I am going to steal it. Those good for nothing bastards!"

That having been said, I download music and movies all the time. Because free is better than non-free. But I do not have the sheer idiotic arrogance to think that this stealing is my god-given right. I am not here to preach the morality of piracy - I behave immoraly in this situation myself. To rationalize imorality as virtue, however, suggests sociopathic tendencies. A la "she was disrespectful to me so I killed her. What's wrong with that?"

 

 
   
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