Ricker500 wrote:But I think it does since you in most countries actually can send them a copy home you just can't send it over the net. The music/software/film industry is alone with the end user copyright laws they have. No other industry has them. For example it's legal to make a copy of a sofa in most countries as long as you are not going to sell it. Even if it's a designer sofa.
US copyright laws do not distinguish between selling or giving away a copy. If you duplicate copyrighted material and distribute it you are breaking the law. Thus, you cannot send home a copy, even if you do not charge for it. I don't pretend to be an expert on international law, but I expected that it would be the same.
The industries advertising saying that downloading is stealing is plain wrong, downloading is actually the opposite of stealing. Copyright is a limitation to your ownership, copyright says that even if you paid for something you can't decide what to do with it. Stealing is doing claiming something without the owners approval and in file sharing you do have the owners approval because the owner is the one sharing the film/song/program.
No, you don't. When you buy a music or movie, you are not acquiring the distribution rights to that content. You might own the physical media, and you may resell that if you want, but you are not allowed to make copies and distribute them. Why would movie theaters pay the big bucks for movies if they could just go to their local discount store, buy a DVD, and show that? Because it's not allowed, that's why.
No wonder they can charge massive overprices for a service that people don't want.
If nobody wanted it, there would be no market, digital downloads or otherwise.
People want music, people enjoy music, I don't think that's the issue. What I see as the issue is that the move to digital media has provided so many easy opportunities for illegal distribution and copying.
Just because something is easy doesn't make it legal, ethical, or even fair.
It comes down to distribution rights. Buying the cd doesn't give you the distribution rights.
There is an interesting approach by the band Radiohead... they're providing their latest album on their website. The price? You pick.
I you want to download the album and pay nothing, that's ok. If you want to pay something, that's ok too. But the band made that choice, it wasn't someone else making the choice for them. That means that it's legal and even encouraged to distribute the content. They don't include any restrictions (DRM) on the media that you download either.
I read another article that suggests that the real money for the band will come from the tour, and not from album sales. So they're "selling" the album at a loss to increase interest in their tour. Again, that is their choice, and not someone else's.
Prince (or the artist formerly known as, or whatever he's going by now) distributed several million copies of his latest work for free by including it in a newspaper. I think that was in England (London?) but I don't remember and don't have time to find a link. Again, it was his choice to do that.
If I am an artist and I create something, it should be my right to decide how it's distributed or sold.