Why don’t we get digital property?

When I was teenager, there was suddenly this huge boom of CD stores in my hometown. They were more than anything places to hang out with your friends and people who share your taste in music. You would come to the store, have a chat and whatnot. Even if you did not buy a CD that day, it was very likely you bought a soft drink, a poster, or a piece of gum. It was the social network of its day in a way.

Then, manufacturers just as they did with cassettes recorders on its day, started selling upgrades to the CD players called CD writers or recorders. Soon, the bootleggers started charging a fraction of the price of the original because they only had to cover the cost of the media they were selling illegally. At this moment in time, lust for the sheen of money made consumers buy these bootlegs without a hint of the ramifications of the laws they were breaking. This managed to cause most of the stores to shut down and those that did not had to severely down size.

This is the part I think people do not get about stealing digital property. It is not that Lady Gaga is not going to make as many millions or had to downgrade from her Jet 4 to a Jet 3, it is the fact that Jet 3 does not need as many engineers to maintain the Jet putting them out of a job. All of the stores in my hometown paid rent, employed clerks, cleaning crew, and people for repairs. People do not seem to get that stealing digital property not only affects the artist but it also affects the economy, which affects you.

When you buy a book on your Kindle, you are not paying for text that cost nothing to be copied. You are paying for the effort, the work of the author, the editors, and even the people that clean the place where the editors work. If we don’t get this, it will get to a point where nobody will have any incentive to create anything as it will not put food on the table.

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5 thoughts on “Why don’t we get digital property?”

  1. A discussion I had with a buddie of mine about this post

    Jean Gourd
    Although I agree, the problem lies with the middleman (in the case of music, the RIAA). They take more than 50% of all monies collected on the sale of CDs and such. And they’re all a bunch of crooked lawyers. Take them out and you have a… reduction of 50% in the cost of CDs and the legitimate peeps get the dough. The MPAA is the same for the movie industry. I think many people might agree to buy CDs and DVDs if they cost half as much and if the shitheads in the middle that do nothing productive or good were out of the picture.See More
    October 8 at 5:36pm

    Cristiano Antonio Whatever the case may be, it still does not give anyone the right to steal
    October 9 at 1:59pm

    Jean Gourd Theft is subjective. Some look at it as “try before you buy.” Even if trying isn’t part of the “program.” And others look at it as civil disobedience…their part to proclaim their disgust with the system. Not that it excuses it. But that’s their take.
    October 9 at 2:16pm

    Cristiano Antonio For a crook, maybe theft is subjective. There are several ways to try before buying. FM Radio, Sat Radio, Pandora, Slacker, Itunes, and my favorite Vevo. I like music videos :p
    Monday at 9:16am

    Jean Gourd
    Well, Sony would consider you making archival copies of the music you buy to be theft. You can’t even sell an original CD at a garage sale or give it to someone else under their “agreement.” That kind of crap is bullshit. If I buy a CD, …I ought to be able to copy it 100 times for myself if I wanted to. I also ought to be able to transfer ownership to someone else by giving the original CD away (and throwing out all my copies) or selling the original CD to someone (e.g. at a garage sale). That’s the kind of crap that makes some people not mind pirating music.See More
    Monday at 12:16pm

    Cristiano Antonio Regardless of what Sony actually says, that is simply not the law of the land. You can make as many copies as you want for personal use. That includes ripping or format changing. In other words, it is legal to copy songs to your Ipod, USB thumb drive, Blackberry, etc. You are also entitled to sell it at a garage sell or on eBay. Sony, Apple, or whatever company can wish for whatever they want… they are not going to get it 🙂

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