Woodwards Friend wrote:The problem with your argument is that it is hard to get someone to pay even a nominal fee for something they are already getting for free. The morality of it aside, the situation is what it is. For the music industry to get upset about it now is like Nevada citizens suddenly being outraged over legalized gambling.
Just so everybody knows, this is the most I have thought about work related stuff at work in a long, long time.
At least since the great server hack of the Spring of 07.
The problem with your argument is that the majority of people are still not stealing music.
It is a small minority of the population that are stealing large amounts of music. I believe it was something like 10 million people used a peer to peer service in the past 12 months. And 70 million people bought music in the past 12 months. (Do not quote me on these numbers - and I will try to find my source). And many of the 10 million are also part of the 70 million. So less than 10% of the population is getting music for free.
Why? If it is free, and convenient, and you can't get caught? I believe it is the same reason that most people don't do smash and grabs in Detroit. Because they have respect for the property rights of others. Because they know that taking something that is not given to them by the owner is wrong.
I think for the music industry to get upset now is much more akin to Detroit getting upset at criminals.
"Hey, you let this situation happen. It is your bad leadership. It is your poor governance. It is your lack of foresight. Don't tell me I can't paint on the side of the building. Don't tell me I can't steal those tires. Don't tell me you are going to enforce your laws. You had your chance and you blew it. Anarchy!"
"Before indoor plumbing and chlorination of the water supply, outliving dysentery required an intestinal fortitude that was considered special. These kids today don’t even give dysentery a second thought."