“[I]he British music industry doesnâ€™t accept the decision of the government which gives consumers the right to make copies of legally purchased music CDs and DVDs. The industry believes it should receive a fair compensation for making copies.[/I]”
That is and has always been absurd. First of when any consumer buys any tool for data storage (CD, DVD etc.) the price already contains a certain percentage which is for “future intellectual property content”. Those are the little stickers on the boxes.
Secondly if I already bought let us say a music CD, the CD is my property whilst the content is not, but the content is on my property. SIC! How do they want to separate one from the other. Anyway I have bought it and I am free to do anything with it except copying and distributing it for profit. BUT: I can freely copy it for my kids, for my wife and myself to listen in the car or have another copy in my different houses etc. That is my right as I have bought it for my and my families purposes.
Another question which seems to be off-topic, but is not. I subscribe for all HBO channels. I know I won’t be at home at a certain time when a certain movie will be broadcasted. I record it in my home where I have the subscription. I made a copy. Shall I pay extra money again? Hell not. I have the right to watch it when I want. I have payed for it.
All these actions do nothing but limit the natural rights of people who legally own intellectual property. This and the strive for extra profit that result in unreal prices give birth to piracy.
P.S.: And what about the books? Also intellectual property. Can I lend it, can I distribute it among my friends if I want? Again, shall I pay extra money for that as well? Or can’t I just read it in my circle of friends loudly every saturday evening? Or this is already an illegal distribution of the content?