PoPo Wrote the following on 02/18/2005 6:13 PM : This is a very interesting topic. I would love to hear what alot of you think of this situation.
With millions of people each day swaping files. With tarra bytes of files zooming back and forth like a hurricane all the time. I don't see how in the world they will stop the determination of an entire generation of people from keeping this free and uncontroled. I file swap, and only because it has not been clearly outlawed in the USA. When it does I will stop, but I dont see any differance in it, and taping the Grammy awards, or the TV series Chicago Hope, or whatever. But it will be a tough fight.
codewolf Wrote the following on 02/18/2005 6:21 PM : "I file swap, and only because it has not been clearly outlawed in the USA."
Um, it's theft if you share the files. I also assume they could hit you with receiving stolen property even if you don't share.
My take on it? Fuck the RIAA and the MPAA. I try to support inde bands and shun buying crap CDs at high prices. I don't think they will ever have any impact on the trading traffic. I also realize that it may be "wrong" but I would not discourage it.
codewolf Wrote the following on 02/18/2005 6:25 PM : Go to the links I just posted on the main page from the EEF.
codewolf Wrote the following on 02/18/2005 6:29 PM : One more comment on what I said. I didn't mean it in the way you may take it. It may be a crime to distribute something you didn't buy, but the actions the RIAA and MPAA are taking against a few file traders is extortion. Penalties are silly high, and they gain nothing from their lawsuits. People are going to trade files. The internet just made it easier. Hell When I was a kid I'd make tapes, so would my friends, we were doing the same thing. However, I guess that's a bit different since a small amount of every sale of tape (and VCR) cassettes goes to the music industry.
Surfer Wrote the following on 02/18/2005 6:43 PM : It was okay with cassette, it's not with CD's.
This is what happens when something uncontrollable shakes an industry. The industry doesn't want to change, it wants to break the source of the change.