MWpro - 1:44 am on May 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
In my opinion this is no different than me recording a song off the radio, burning it on a CD, letting my friend make a copy, who lets his friend make a copy and so on. Would they sue the radio station?
Is this really your belief? Radio stations obtain a license to play the songs... that's why you hear all the hits over and over on popular radio stations. Record companies let the radio stations play selected music as a calculated, promotional maneuver.
You are really, for example, comparing recording one promotional song of an artist from the radio with downloading that artist's entire album?
There really no limit on the infringment opportunities that torrents or services like Limewire enable.
And other people justify it as "oh well the RIAA makes so much money it doesn't hurt them." Yeah? Well what about the smaller guys? An independent song, movie, instructional video popping up on a torrent can really devaste a small business. And I am not saying that it is ok to steal from the RIAA--it is still their copyright and it should be respected. This services make me sick, especially because obtaining a legal version of music or videos is so cheap and easy these days through services such as iTunes.