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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Musicians should be better at exploring and using the possibilities of new technology to avoid the record companies. Their music would get cheaper and they could earn more at the same time.
    That is already happening, which is a much larger reason why the record company sales have declined so much in the past decade (and why the shift over the past few years has been towards decentralization of the record industry into the hands of much smaller companies, although this isn't exactly true). Of course, it is much easier for them to blame "illegal downloading" than their inability to adapt to changing market conditions.

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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    That is already happening, which is a much larger reason why the record company sales have declined so much in the past decade (and why the shift over the past few years has been towards decentralization of the record industry into the hands of much smaller companies, although this isn't exactly true). Of course, it is much easier for them to blame "illegal downloading" than their inability to adapt to changing market conditions.
    isn't this more true for small artists, and artists who have gotten big without record companies, just through modern technology?

    Most big artists as far as I know still stick with record companies, while some have now started to make their own record companies to release their own music, something I also do support(thats since they can afford it obviously).
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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    isn't this more true for small artists, and artists who have gotten big without record companies, just through modern technology?
    Even though it was rarer before this technology evolution, it did happen where artists started their own label and became successful.

    Mannheim Steamroller for example.


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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    TOJ, theft is a criminal charge in which physical property is taken unlawfully. Theft is investigated by the police and those convicted are sentenced by a criminal court.

    Copyright infringement is a civil matter, in which a lawsuit is brought by the damaged party. Someone convicted in a civil court pays damages.

    They are entirely separate legal issues. If you called copyright infringement theft in a court of law, you would get reprimanded by the judge. It is incorrect terminology.
    So you are saying that if someone robs a bank, but is never charged criminally, they are not a thief? That's is sure an interesting take on it.

    Can you show me where the definition of theft is limited to a criminal charge?

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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    The "small artist" only makes the case more -- for them, every sale of, say, a song is important; someone else pirating it and offering it for free download takes money directly out of their pockets.
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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    So you are saying that if someone robs a bank, but is never charged criminally, they are not a thief?
    No theft is occurring in filesharing.

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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    So you are saying that if someone robs a bank, but is never charged criminally, they are not a thief? That's is sure an interesting take on it.

    Yeah, that's totally what he said.

    Please exersize some critical thinking, this thread is becoming quite dull.
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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    Yeah, that's totally what he said.
    Glad to see you agree.

    Please exersize some critical thinking, this thread is becoming quite dull.
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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Here's another poll that doesn't make sense or isn't clearly explained.

    Downloading movies or other content by no means should be illegal - hell, just make internet access and participation illegal.

    I think the pollster is asking "should downloading unauthorized (ie: unpaid) copyrighted material be illegal" - and answer is: it already is.

    Is that the thing on this board - to put up illogical or incoherent polls and debate the non-issue for 50 pages?
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    Re: Do you think downloading movies or other content should be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Obvious View Post
    Here's another poll that doesn't make sense or isn't clearly explained.

    Downloading movies or other content by no means should be illegal - hell, just make internet access and participation illegal.

    I think the pollster is asking "should downloading unauthorized (ie: unpaid) copyrighted material be illegal" - and answer is: it already is.
    It's not asking is it, its asking should it...

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