Argh Matey

        You’ve all seen it in place of the usual FBI warning; you place in your DVD disk and watch the piracy short as it portrays a teen downloading a movie.  It then goes into flashes of shoplifting, a purse being stolen, and a man stealing a car; all building to the main point of informing you that downloading free movies is stealing.  With as many peer-to-peer file-sharing clients as there are, the justice system can’t keep up.  So what makes the new age of pirates think it’s okay?  I believe it’s that we don’t believe in copyright infringement, to an extent.  All our lives we’re taught to share, so sharing is not the crime, plagiarism is.

        When it comes to music, you can’t forbid people who haven’t paid for an album to not listen to it.  This is the logic that runs through our minds as we download files.  If you prosecute someone for downloading an album, then everyone who has gone to a friend’s house and heard the album, or listened to the song on the radio, or had a friend explain what a song was about should also be prosecuted.  Sound a bit ridiculous? Well, that’s what we think, too. We aren’t claiming it as our own and are still giving credit to the original writers and singers. So why are we being punished?  Isn’t the ultimate goal of getting your band’s song on the radio to get your music “out there”?  What better way than the Internet?  The Pettit Project is a band originating from Canada that promotes downloading their music and they even offer direct album downloads from their website. They believe that music is meant to be heard and they want everyone to have access to listen to what they have to say as a band (Thepettitproject.com).

        Downloading movies free of charge is something else I don’t find should be illegal.  Again, you can’t prosecute one person for telling someone what a movie is about, so sharing it over the Internet in my eyes is the same.  The copyright law prohibits duplicating or sharing copyrighted material, but if that doesn’t include every form of sharing, then it shouldn’t exist as a crime.  Furthermore, they should not be able to prosecute one person for doing it if they can’t prosecute the millions of others doing it as well.  Downloading files doesn’t make that huge of a difference in the sales of the same material.  Many people who download will still go out and buy the same material simply for the quality, convenience, and bonus features of having an actual copy of it.

        The copyright law should only protect from plagiarism.  Once you put your property out there, intellectual or not, you run the risk of others using and sharing it.  There is an entire operating system for computers dedicated to the free distribution of software. Linux lets you download software that you can alter to your specific needs.  They believe that it should be available to everyone free of charge.  Limiting people from using your idea is limiting the inspiration for future progress.  People need to know what’s out there in order to prevent them from creating the same thing.  The groups that are fighting to enforce the penalties of copyright infringement are solely in it for profit. For media, that generally goes against what the creators want you to believe.  You hear them say that they do it for the fans; rarely do you hear the specification that it’s only for the fans willing to pay for it.

My own personal intellectual property falls under the same beliefs I’ve stated previously.  Anyone is free to use and enjoy it.  I don’t have issues with it as long as they don’t claim it as their own.  Anything I’ve ever written, said, sang, or have done is free to all under the condition that they know it wasn’t them who came up with it, just as I try to inform others of where I get the ideas or inspiration for them.  Academic integrity to me is simply understanding that something is or isn’t yours.  As I’ve said before, growing up we are taught to share everything from toys, time, ideas, and resources.  Sharing is a positive way to influence others. You can’t influence and inspire people if you limit or forbid them from experiencing something.  If we give credit where credit is due, logically I don’t see how that can be illegal.  There is no way to prevent every act of piracy, and it’s going to take a lot to convince everyone that downloading is wrong when it’s as simple as clicking a button.  If you don’t want to share your ideas with the world, then keep them to yourself.

   

   

Comments

i remember when Metallica made a stink about Napster...i was a little irritated because Metallica wasn't as hot as they used to be during this time and i felt that their popularity would have grown had they taken advantage of sites like Napster...

Lol... it was a "Journal Entry" I had to do for my English Composition class... I had so much to say that I couldn't (due to a limit on how long it could be) so for a week after I did it, I was angry, my head wanted to burst in a debate all because I couldn't say everything I wanted to... I'd have added, but I was afraid I'd end up in the same spot I was when I first wrote it lol

~~~

I don't care what you think of me. You're not even alive in my world.

You both made some very justifiable points. I found it kind of interesting to follow along. Thanks for the blog, Anime. You are one smart chick! :-)

^i^ ^i^ ^i^ ^i^ ^i^
do not meddle
in the affairs of dragons
for you are crunchy
and taste good with ketchup

^i^ ^i^ ^i^ ^i^ ^i^

You know, this may sound simple, but when my girls were growing up they would do that irritating "she's copying me" thing until I thought I would SCREAM! I finally said to them, "That's because you have such great ideas."

And anyway, all of us are inspired by someone in one way or the other. If artists are so concerned about losing profits because people are pirating their music maybe they should go back to making their money by working concerts again. That way everything they do will be rightfully theirs.

^i^ ^i^ ^i^ ^i^ ^i^
do not meddle
in the affairs of dragons
for you are crunchy
and taste good with ketchup

^i^ ^i^ ^i^ ^i^ ^i^

 Limiting people from using your idea is limiting the inspiration for future progress.

 I like that.

 

 

If I was standing on a fish, I'd slip and fall......

Oh my goodness... I've made my point on this... sharing isn't stealing, plagiarism is... the only way I'd be upset is if someone was claiming my ideas and thoughts and hard work as their own... appreciating my effort, whether I get money out of it, I don't care about.

I know millions of artists do charity work and such, I was referring to the small amount that are actually suing people. 

I'm not even going to argue with someone who hasn't been able to prove anything they say and makes statistics off the top of their head when referring to something that requires facts. Besides, there's some crazy thunderstorm going on and the electric in this building is 90 years old... I'm going to start unplugging things.

~~~

I don't care what you think of me. You're not even alive in my world.

"Alright, I don't recall seeing any of these artists that are suing, in any soup kitchens... (not even for charity, but that's another story)"

Lots of artists give back to the community and give millions of dollars to charity but no one ever reports that. Everyone is always after what sells such as sex and lies. Just because they are suing people who pirate their music doesn’t make them less human, they are simply standing up and taking back what’s theirs. If someone were to steal something from you, would you want it back or at least want money to compensate the loss? You can say that I wouldn’t mind people stealing my music, but today its stealing you’re music and then tomorrow it’s something bigger. Little problems grow to big problems.

"They're making way more money than the majority of society... and I'm sure they aren't needing to clip coupons to get by, so as I said before, they're just getting greedy."

You can say that but then you can always say that everyone is given the same opportunity to do what they want. No one is stopping you from making millions of dollars of music and no one ever said you can’t. Not all artists make as much as you think, these people are musicians there not billion dollar moguls. Sure artists make a nice amount of money for an everyday person, but it’s not enough to be “worry free”. There suing because if this continues they will continue to make less and less and before they know it they’ll be making more off concerts than a whole album.

"They're suing a fraction of a percent of the people downloading music... which in turn isn't fair... so if they want to sue for their rightfully earned money, they need to find a way to sue every single person out there that's downloaded music."

Well they can’t catch everyone; some people are smarter than others so there harder to catch. I think the idiots who get caught deserve it. If you’re smart enough to work the system in my book you deserve you’re freedom. But then again if you like artists why not buy their cd? It’s not extremely expensive this isn’t like a real Picasso painting that’s worth multiple millions where you need to buy a reproduction print. Common now 20$ for a cd?! Is it really worth stealing?!

"I'm curious where you get your statistics... such as the 99.99% of people who had the chance to be in these artists' shoes... because I have a nice chunk of people who wouldn't do that... so you must not have surveyed the entire world as you've implied... so where is this credible source of evidence you get your 'facts' from?"

I don’t know where to find statistics, this is simply the principle. Would you let someone steal from you, and then get away with it?

"And you need to remember to read each point... because; I've never said that the artists don't deserve money... I think they've gone out on a limb to scrape up that last chunk of change they've missed out on by finding a technicality in the copyright law... and they've done it in an unfair way; but my essay is about copyright law, plagiarism, and intellectual property... not about artists needing to give out their music for free. "

Seriously at this point I don’t even think it’s about the music, now it’s about taking back what’s theirs. If we don’t stop this now can you imagine where this is going? They already closed tower records due to huge loss in sales, I bet allot more of those types of stores will continue to go down due to stealing music/movies off the net.

here is a great book that debates this very issue, it's pretty interesting.

I remember when I was 18 and knew everything, too...

Alright, I don't recall seeing any of these artists that are suing, in any soup kitchens... (not even for charity, but that's another story)

They're making way more money than the majority of society... and I'm sure they aren't needing to clip coupons to get by, so as I said before, they're just getting greedy.

They're suing a fraction of a percent of the people downloading music... which in turn isn't fair... so if they want to sue for their rightfully earned money, they need to find a way to sue every single person out there that's downloaded music.

I'm curious where you get your statistics... such as the 99.99% of people who had the chance to be in these artists' shoes... because I have a nice chunk of people who wouldn't do that... so you must not have surveyed the entire world as you've implied... so where is this credible source of evidence you get your 'facts' from?

And you need to remember to read each point... because, I've never said that the artists don't deserve money... I think they've gone out on a limb to scrape up that last chunk of change they've missed out on by finding a technicality in the copyright law... and they've done it in an unfair way; but my essay is about copyright law, plagiarism, and intellectual property... not about artists needing to give out their music for free.

 

~~~

I don't care what you think of me. You're not even alive in my world.

You need to remember that 8 figures isn’t even what you’ll be putting in you’re pocket at the end of the day. Once you start to subtract the percent that you’re record label takes (witch is huge), the percent that each and every producer takes. (Every track is different pay check for the producers regardless if he made you’re whole album or just 2 songs. A track is usually in the high 5 to low 6 figures depending on the producer you work with. At times producers will make MORE of a track or album than the actual artist.) At the end of the day all the artists want is to get what they deserve, if the producers got paid, the record label got paid, why cant the artist?

Everything stated above is just an opinion. In my relatively short life I've come across 2 types of people... Those in it for money... those who are in it for happiness... 8 figures is greedy if you're making 7 on one SINGLE album... And it's an obscene amount of money for something so ridiculous as writing and singing... there are billions of people out there that do it for fun, and have a REAL job... making no money whatsoever for their music. If I were in these peoples' shoes, I'd not be one of those freaking out over downloads. And there are artists out there that believe in getting their music out there for others to enjoy, rather than being rich and famous.

On the other hand, if people were taking my music and singing it and claiming that they did it, then yes, I'd have a problem. That's what I was mainly trying to say. Yes I go on tangents, but the point was that plagiarism is illegal, not sharing.  

These artists suing, are beyond greedy. They'd sue people for sitting in the same car as someone who's playing their CD if they could, simply because everyone in the car didn't pay for a CD.

We've come into an age where there are lawyers actually taking on cases defending people who couldn't put their 15th cheeseburger down saying they're a 'victim' because they're too fat.  And we're getting sued for listening to music we didn't purchase? Were you also aware they're trying to charge for the radio now? I mean, I've evidently been stealing music all my life, from the days when I was 7 recording on cassette tapes music from the radio...

As a disclaimer since you decided to make an attempt at an attack on my character with "who are not put on earth solely for YOU to act like THEY owe you something for free", I figure I might add, 95% of the music I download, I buy the exact CD it came from. The other 5 percent, most of that isn't even copyrighted anymore.  I download for convenience, and sometimes because I can get the album before it comes out... and sometimes because I've already BOUGHT the cd and it's either scratched beyond repair, or completely broken... I honestly prefer having the actual CDs anyway.

~~~

I don't care what you think of me. You're not even alive in my world.

" The groups that are fighting to enforce the penalties of copyright infringement are solely in it for profit. "

You are correct, the artists fighting to keep their music off the internet for free downloads are doing exactly what 99.99% of the people would do if they were given the chance to be in their shoes. When you find out that you could have made up to 8 figures on an album from sales but you barley made 7 due to illegal downloads you will to want to protect you’re music. It’s all about money, the artists who spend their money to make their album, who pay producers, who pay for studio space, who also have lives and interests, who are not put on earth solely for YOU to act like THEY owe you something for free. I was always taught that there is nothing for free, people who believe in "free" usually end up paying double if not more at the end.

Add new comment