Originally posted by BahamutXero
[b]Let me get this out of my sytem:
If you don’t have the money to BUY your music, DON’T get it. It’s as simple as that. Have consciences people. You are effectively stealing. Why don’t you just go to a clothing store and try to walk out with paying, why don’t you. I don’t want to hear the stupid “Oh, I don’t have the money for a CD that has only two good songs on it in my opinion” excuse. You don’t want to pay for it, don’t get it. Life’s not fair. Live with it.
Another popular excuse is “We don’t care about ripping off artists, they got too much money anyway.” I got news for you, you aren’t just hurting the artists, you are hurting every single person involved in making the CD. God, if I had the power to put all your asses in jail for theft I would.
Just in case you people don’t know, there’s a wonderful invention called the radio. It generate music very inexpensively. [/b]
Touche. But you cant compare stealing clothes with stealing music, because they’re two different scenarios. Downloading music and the like involves the heavy usage of technology whereas stealing clothes does not. yes yes, I know, despite the methods, they are both stealing, and well I can live with that.
Yes life isn’t fair, but we are finding ways around that. Because music is such an important aspect to people lives (for the most part) we have GOT to have it. I mean, I don’t know where I’d be without all of the music I did “steal”. Most of the songs I do have, I had no idea existed, from listening to the radio and TV. There’s a good point for us thieves- a lot of music out there is UNOBTAINABLE through simple methods such as going to a store and walking out with a bought CD. I can’t speak for everyone who listens to the type of music I do (75% of it is probably not mainstream), but I can say most of my music cannot be found in Walmart or HMV or whereever. Where can I turn to? The internet.
You can’t get eurodance and techno and trance and ambience (about 50% of the music I listen to) on radio where I live. I didn’t even know what trance was until I started downloading music. But that’s just my situation.
Besides, many “Artists” out there claim things are all about the music. Though when it comes down to crunch time (regardless of whether they’re rich or not) they’ll just bitch about the money. Really, isn’t it rewarding, in itself to charm audiences and to know that your music is the most sought out online? I do know a lot of bands and “artists” out there dont play for entertainment value but for the moolah and well i have nothing to say to that. With the age of technology and computers dominating, what do you expect? Everyone’s gotta make a living, and everyone who gets into the music indsutry should know what to expect.
/Rant over. And no, this wasn’t hate inspirted, Xero, your theft arguement was one of the most intelligent arguements I’ve read on the net. Usually people who are biased against it present their case differently, in a negative way.
EDIT: yeah TD said in his first statement what I was explaining in my first statement. I really do need to stop rambling.