Crabby, so, what you’re saying is that, because some thing is overpriced, whether it’s legal or not, it justifies you’re going out and pirating/stealing it? If that’s your logic, why stop there? Why only do it online? Why not walk into a record store and just take it off the shelf and walk out? I don’t necessary agree with what the RIAA or the MPAA is doing, but, it’s a business. You’re not entitled or obligated to buy their product. It’s not like you’re buying a necessity. Yeah, the record industry is wrong for price fixing, and they’ll be punished for it. That’s what the courts are for. As for the argument that the artists are getting ripped off by the record companies, so it’s ok to steal from them. Hey, it’s a business. They signed a contract. Noone forced them to it. No one forced them to sign a lousy record deal that pays them a mear fraction of what they deserve. They had a choice. Either sign under the terms they did, or they cant not sign. It’s up to them. Do I think they deserve more, sure I do. But, that’s life. It’s not like these artists don’t make any money at all. They make their millions on the tours and concert. The way I see it, CDs are a marketing expense for the artist. They make close to nothing on their sale, but it gets their ‘sounds’ into the public. If you like them, you’ll go see their concert. One last point. by not buying the artist’s cd, how are you helping them get their just due from the record companies. What little royalties due them, they don’t get cause you don’t buy their record.
[edited by Bane on 23.04.2003 06:08]