By the words in your post, it’s clear as a bell that you’re a thief. Look up the word; thievery is not a difficult concept to understand.
Now the question is “do you have a shread of remorse?” And again directly from the words in your post, it’s clear as a bell that you don’t.
Fortunately, that’s the value of laws. To enforce society’s collective morality on those who don’t display personal morality.
I do hope that your lack of morality in this issue doesn’t spill over into lapses with higher consequences to the people around you.
From Bill H to Cnote:
I just did a search and read your postings on the subject. I must say, they were completely lacking in intellectual content. All very similar to your last post on this thread. Your idea of a strong debate point seems to be the use of the word “fuck”.
Maybe you didn’t read my posts close enough. I have more to say than just ‘fuck’.
Interestingly enough, I did a little research on you too:
Quote: from another post made by Smeghead:
BTW, I love my Diamond Rio MP3 player!
Bill wrote, Quote:
I got one a couple of days ago for my birthday, and I concur. It’s very cool. There are a few things they could’ve made smoother like more internal memory and making the internal and external memories look like one space, but on the whole I really like it.
Hmmm. What exactly are you playing on your new MP3 Player Bill?
I’ve already discussed my opinion as it pertains to the Napster issue. Despite what you say, I do have more to say than a simple ‘Fuck you’.
Instead of posting a fast resonse that usually agree’s with everyone around you, you might want to stick around and actually debate an issue. I haven’t seen that in any of the posts you’ve made so far. I wonder why.
As I’ve noticed in this board, and has had it happen to me, people get emotional and wound up in a topic. If my post didn’t fit your intellectual needs, I apologize.
Maybe if you added something intelligent to the issue I might feel worse. So far, I haven’t seen you do that.
Chris, Mp3 players needn’t necessarily be used to play illegal Mp3’s. Mp3’s are legal so long as you own a copy of the album. And Mp3 player is a device which allows you to create your own mix of music which you own and put it onto a device which is much more compact than a CD player. Napster, on the other hand, is widely used for trading of illegal Mp3’s, for which they’re getting burned big time.
Was Bill out of line for some of the things he said about you? Probably. Give us a link, and we’ll decide for ourselves
Maybe it was about 10 years ago, but a surcharge was added to the price of blank cassette tapes to cover what the music industry assumed was blatant theft of their products. Of course the same thing probably would not work with mp3’s. If you are making cassette copies, you have the original in hand (no it is not illegal to make a tape copy of a CD you own). On the other hand, mp3’s can be made over the internet, which means that you don’t have to have the original.
People come up with all sorts of ways to rationalize it, but it is theft if the artist doesn’t want their music distributed that way. If the artist gives their blessing, then more power to you.
I’m carring crap over from the MPSIMS thread that UB closed…would have been easier if he’d moved it but what can you do.
First off, Bill H. is being an asshole, he’s condesending and frequently misrepresenting what others have been saying. Probalby not that smartest attitude for someone who has tried to pool the SDMB for potential employees in another thread, you couldn’t pay me enough to be your subordinate. Since he put word into my mouth in order to make himself appear just and moral, I’m gonna stick with this, otherwise I’d rather have stayed in the debate as opposed to the pissing match.
Bill H said:
I’m way off, but you’re not going to debate it…gee that’s convenient for you. I’m explaining why I think the Record company is unjust and probably should be sued for anti-trust and anti-competitive business practices, I never said that it justifies or rationaliizes use of Napster. You’re putting words in my mouth, don’t do it.
Yes, I can set the price of Omni Co.'s Bill H. bludgeoning device TM at $5 M and sell it if I’d like. It legal and 100% American Capitalism. What I cannot do is collaborate with CnoteChris Inc’s Bill H. blunt force truama tool TM and JohnLarrian’s LLC’s Bill H. Can of Whoopass TM to artificailly maintain our prices at $5 M while preventing yojimbo & son from developing a cheaper version. This is my problem with the record industry. Of course I don’t have the resourses to prove any collaboration, nor do I have the cost overhead stats of the manufactuing process. My opinion is clear, feel free to refute it with facts.
I have never said that stealing is the proper recourse against the cartel. It may however be the first step in solving the problem, and the internet looks capable of removing the technology barrier that has allowed the record companies to bilk the public. Certainly a middle ground must be reached, but Napster is getting the ball rolling on the new economies influence on the old record industry.
No, thats an even worse anology. Prada hand bags are painfully over priced. But guess what, you can take the missus to KMart and get her a cheap one for $6. That is capitalism at its best. 2 different business models successfully competeing with different strategies, one offering status and supposedly better product, the other a cheap alternative. CDs however are the only alternative in 90% of cases, the record company’s monopoly artificially sets that price.
One point, while many have argued “If the prices are to high, don’t buy them!”. Now CDs of course aren’t a necessity, but its naive to consider them a unnecessary luxury. Most would place music high on their list of priorities for a acceptable quality of life. How do you quantify it, who knows, but its a disticntion that should be mentioned.
The problem needs to be solved, Napster might open some eyes. In that regard I support them. I d/l music, I would be willing to pay a reasonable price for it, but MP3 is a degraded format and it lacks any documentation or permanent status. So whats a reasonable price? Maybe a Napster that pays the artist a small fee per d/l of a song, and recoups the cost from ad banners similar to radio. I however strongly oppose the opinion that if you want music, you must buy the CD from the record company.
This is the thread in question ( http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=32389 )
Bill likes calling a spade a spade . I use napster I’m a thief , fair enough. Am I as bad as a looter ? I don’t think so. I also have been known to lend or even give people books ( oh my God I hear you all say , what about the poor author ? ) .
I have no problem with Bill calling people on what he sees as their reluctance to see what he sees as the truth . It’s when he starts saying things like
that he starts really getting on my wick .
As I asked in that thread " I do hope that your level of morality in this issue spills over into the rest of you life ? "
yojimbo = thief ( who doesn’t give a fuck if this issue is classed as theft and it’s up to a higher power than yourself to judge me)
Bill H = self righteous SOB
Y’know, neither do I, actually. While I agree with his “Download illegal Mp3’s, you’re stealing, plain and simple” idea, I really don’t understand this need of his to be constantly pushing the issue. It’s like he was running for office or something.
The analogy is untrue anyway. Small labels can sell their CDs for whatever price they want. Fugazi sells their CDs, IIRC, for under $10. Nobody is prevented from developing a cheaper version.
Just to give you an idea of the overhead stats, one of my old bands recorded 14 songs for a CD. Recording costs, on 2", 24-track tape, were $25 per hour for 40 hours. Artwork we did ourselves, and pressing 500 copies was in the neighborhood of $1,500. Extrapolate that to better recording facilities, better-paid studio personnel, and many thousands more copies, and you’ll begin to get an idea.
I have no particular opinion on whether Bill H is a sanctimonious asshole. He may be.
I agree with him, however, that trading mp3’s is theft. Is it grand theft? no.
Are the record companies poor, helpless victims just trying to make an honest livning? no.
Is the profit margin for the average CD reasonable? judgement call.
Can individuals look at these and other factors and decide that they are more important factors in etermining action than the practical loss of napster theft? obviously.
Is it still theft? yes.
Is it justified? not in my opinion. I can justify theft based upon great need and limited opportunity. I cannot justify theft based upon desire and antipathy for the victim.
BTW, I also give lend and give away books. The difference being, after I do so I no longer am in posession of said book. That is not theft.
Yes, I am technically a thief.
Yes, I have a fairly strong morality.
No, I don’t feel bad about copying mp3’s for which I don’t own a hard copy. I was never going to by the cd anyway, so I’m not costing them money, I am simply listining to something that the maker thinks I should have to pay for.
But, How many people have posted to the SDMB from work? How many people have looked at a website that wasn’t business related. I have, and I bet everybody has done it or doesn’t becuase they are afraid of getting caught. But the reality that is stealing too. In fact it is a worse form of stealing becuase your company payed for the bandwidth, and you’re actions use up some of that, creating a tangible cost in dollars for the company,(even if it is only .0001 cent per post). At least my MP3’s don’t cost the author.
Breaking the law is only breaking the law, don’t equate that with morality.
In any regard. People who are downloading the songs from Napster can’t be called theives. A better analogy would be those who buy something from a homeless person that you know is stolen. You are not the person stealing. You are just supporting the thief.
Best birthday present I ever got was a stolen skateboard. Not that I skateboard, but I just thought it was funny that somebody went and bought an obviously hot skateboard for me from some guy who wandered into their job. I think it’s still in the shrink-wrap, too…