Monday, December 31, 2007

stealing music

a poll

How about this, to get you to vote! This poll has 5 questions:

1. Do you think downloading music from the internet without paying for it is stealing?
2. Have you ever done so?
3. Do you do so now?
4. Do you think that making copies of CD's or MP3's that you legitimately own, for your own or your immediate family's personal use, is stealing?
5. Your further comments?


stephy said...

1. Not sure
2. A lot
3. A lot
4. Maybe
5. All of the musicians I've asked welcome people burning their cd's for free

Joe said...

1. Yes
2. No
3. No
4. No
5. Whilst I detest the actions of much of big business - including in the music industry - downloading without paying is stealing and there is no excuse. If a musician allows/asks/invites you to do so, that is a totally different thing.

Anonymous said...

1. Yes
2. Yes (though before coming to the aforementioned conclusion)
3. No
4. No
5. I agree with Joe.

Megs said...

1. Not really - art is, by nature, communal and therefore for the many and not for the one
2. I've had others download lots of music for me - I'm not super high tech
3. I can't remember what question 3 was!
4. That's fine in MHO!
5. I think there aren't hard and fast rules - i love the way my friend Monica supports SIFF theatre and raises funds for them - i think it is important for artists, especially those on the fringes, who aren't making the big bucks by saying what everybody wants them to hear, to be supported and encouraged by the community, and given financial help. AND I think that their work shouldn't only be available to those who have lots of money - hence my OKness with downloading stuff for free!

Karin said...

I don't download music myself, but I have copied the odd CD, however if I'm copying it for myself it's because I want to listen to it for a few weeks and decide if I really like it. If I do I will go out and buy it. If I hadn't had the opportunity to listen to it properly I wouldn't have bought it.

I think downloading for free should operate in the same way. I know one duo who ask that we share their music with friends and family etc as they realise people don't buy what they don't know, but may buy it once they've heard it.