I don't have a passionate position on this topic one way or other.
If I want a song, I'll get it, and the main reason I find free music is because I just don't want the hassle of using cloud services or the iWorld. I just want the song, quick and easy, no bull****, no accounts, no EULAs, no TOSs, no registration or authorized devices or other bull****. Just the song and I walk away until I want another one.
If there was an artist I wanted music from and they had a site where I could drop a credit card and get any of their songs in an open MP3 format for like 20cents each, I'd pay them even if I could get it for free elsewhere if it's less hassle.
It's easier to get pirated music then it is to buy legitimately, and ease of access is the only reason I get pirated music.
Last edited by Jerry; 03-11-13 at 01:14 AM.
I guess my issue with piracy has always been -- was it all "ooh piracy sucks and I'm butthurt" when I videotaped a TV show on my VCR? How is it any different to videotape Game of Thrones while you are working, and watch it the next day, and download it from a website and watch it the next day?
Same as recording songs off the radio, onto cassettes. Y'all do remember that technology, don't you? Is that music piracy, to record a song off the radio onto a blank tape?
What's the difference??
Originally Posted by ChomskyOriginally Posted by OrphanSlug
What purpose do copyright laws serve? I guess to let people think new stuff up, sell their idea and make enough money to keep making new stuff. If people can't make money thinking up stuff, they'll have to do something else and we won't have any new stuff.
If that's the point of copyright laws, then should we allow them to extend past the point where the creator makes money? If patents expired once you made a $X profit on the idea, wouldn't creators be forced to make new content?
What would the world look like if the exclusive right to Star Wars, Windows 7 and Zoloft expired after either ten years or making $100m in profit?
Second, the few services that MIGHT be acceptable, have blocks for foreign customers. (I live in Germany) I can't even watch Hulu like a normal American. So what option do I have?
When they offer the service the world actually wants, a subscription based stream service for all, or near all tv shows, I'll gladly spend my money. I will not spend $50 a month for a 1000 channels so that I can watch 5 or 6 shows.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger