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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-05 11:49 PM
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Poll question: Should people be able to download free music?
The type that is likely copyrighted?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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More Than A Feeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-05 11:52 PM
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1. No, it is theft to take intellectual property that has been copyrighted
Edited on Sun Apr-24-05 12:02 AM by Heaven and Earth
without payment or permission. and spare me talk of how little profit goes to the artist, and the profits and the refusal to change of the music industry. What they do or do not do has no bearing on the wrongness of the downloader's deed.
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-05 11:52 PM
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2. If the copyright holder gives permission.
As the independant labels and artists do at this promotional site:

http://www.betterpropaganda.com
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mykpart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-05 11:56 PM
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3. If you can record a TV program and record music from the radio,
why can't you download music that is copyrighted, as long as it is for personal use?
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More Than A Feeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 12:00 AM
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4. Because those are paid for by advertising
not sold directly to the consumer? :shrug:
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mykpart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 12:16 AM
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6. Not if you tape it from PBS or NPR.
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More Than A Feeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 12:23 AM
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9. Those are funded by donations and non-profit foundations, right? n/t
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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 12:05 AM
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5. Good question!
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aePrime Donating Member (676 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 12:18 AM
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7. Sure
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 12:22 AM
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8. better close down ebay
cause i`m buying alot of music that there are no royalties being paid. better close the used record stores cause they are not paying either...
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 12:55 AM
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10. Only if the artist releases the music for free download.
Otherwise, it's theft.
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TexasLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 12:58 AM
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11. oh great, does this mean
that im goin down?

when i was a kid, i taped it all on my new shiny tape recorder, and now I tape it to my shiny new computer.

guilty as charged.
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jdj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 01:10 AM
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12. Hell no.
most artists are progressive, we need to support them so they can make a living getting the message out.

people should pay the artists directly, and eliminate the middle man pr and a&r people and producers. I was really impressed with Eminem's single "Toy soldiers" (or at least that's the name of the old Martika tune he samples in it) where he talks about how artists are manipulated by these fat cats.

I'm sick of it. I think distribution will soon be straight from artist to fan, and the hell with these producers and their crap, they are the reason alt. music doesn't get any airplay. Hardly anyone listens to radio anymore with MP3 and IPOD and satellite. And MTV never seems to play any music anymore.

They are always going to have to go through the middle man to book concert halls and sell tickets unless artists band together and start buying arenas and booking companies, but as far as the pure product there is not need for us consumers to have to pay anyone but the artists and the pure production costs.
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 01:12 AM
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13. Yes. I do it, so its ok
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imenja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 01:17 AM
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14. that music is someone's creative property
You should pay for it.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-05 01:21 AM
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15. Capitalism is destructive to music and art
Yes artists need to be paid. They need to be compensated for the contributions. But capitalism bleeds the social aspect of music from its heart. It silences true creativity in exchange for the predictibility of mass marketting. Budget concerns drive the course of music rather than art.

It used to be there were no copyright laws. People would take other's work and readapt them and over time true works of art were developed. Shakespeare, Homer, and many others have built their master works from the shells of others work. We are a social species. The greatest things we accomplish come from this form of communal effort.
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