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Posted by mattman on 05-01-2004 12:59 PM:

"Getting music from kazaa and stealing a cd are two different things"

True, but both are still a version of theft. I'm not making a judgement on you, because I have done my fair share of p2p filesharing, so that would be the pot calling the kettle black. I just feel that people need to understand what they are doing. If you download a song from a p2p network then you are using the song without paying for it. That means you are not compensating the rights holder to the music. Whether, that is the artist or a record company is immaterial, you are taking what is not yours. Again, not a judgement, just an observation that makes it clear what is happening. If you steal the CD from a store, you are doing the same thing, but you are also stealing the physical property from the store owner, and thus their part of the profit chain. It is different, but the rights holders lose their portion of the profits either way.

Your mention of what artists should do has some valid points, but they are not required to distribute in any method you choose, just because you want it. When they don't it doesn't give anyone the right to take what is not theirs, it just becomes an excuse for those of us who don't want to give up an easy way to get music. Rationalizations don't change the facts.

Just my 2 cents plus a few more.

Matt

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