Chiaroscuro - 10:40 pm on Oct 5, 2007 (gmt 0)
Given that my wife works for Universal Music, and I hear all the time about pirated music, you would think I'd have a lot of sympathy for the record industry. I do think that today's youth (including those about 30 and below - not much younger than I am), have a strange dual ethics processing: The same person that wouldn't steal a pack of gum from a convenience store no matter what, will "file share" (i.e. illegally distribute copyrighted music/video/pictures/software) with hardly a second thought. Part of the music industry's problem is it's own mismanagement of prices and retention of out-dated business practices: if a DVD sells for $16, costs $200 million to make, and only grossed $150 million in the theaters, yet makes a profit... how can a label charge $20 for a CD (the argument might be made that there is a economics of scale, but since the latter is soooo much cheaper to produce and distribute, if the price was $10 or $5 they might make up the profit by selling a few MILLION more). But they are paying for that mistake by going out of business.... it doesn't justify us stealing from them. Now I, along with probably most in this discussion grew up with pirated disks I got from my friends of games and what not, and we were young and stupid and did things we shouldn't have.... but that was when we were young and stupid. If you belong to this discussion, you should be old enough to recognize the importance of copyright (and it's problems), and be aware when you are breaking the law (and that all the justification in the world doesn't make that a non-punishable crime).