When someone stole one of my power tools out of my shed the worst part of it was being unable to use it ever again. If I download a song the owner of the song can still play it and they can still sell it to people willing to buy it. I have a real problem with the capitalistic notion that (music) companies are entitled to the maximum profits possible. Imagine if instead of calculating margins for maximum profit the goal was to make music accessible to people that are poor and/or people as a quality of life issue having access to a sizable collection of music. I have some online music for sale and even if half of it gets downloaded and then "shared" I would still being compensated pretty well if a lot of people like the music. In the service industry millions of people's wages are voluntarily payed for by tips yet we readily accept it. The difference is that the music companies and artists complaining have their priorities all wrong. How about actually making GOOD music and the money will follow instead of being shallow, untalented, and blindly following an inept business model.
Indy Week • 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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