Recently, a Rutgers professor wrote a New York Times article saying that copying–as in downloading a song for free–is not the same thing as stealing.
This is significant, because it helps validate the hesitation people had when being spoon-fed the notion of online “piracy”. I mean, how can you “take” a song, anyway?
It’s an interesting topic to me, because I like to envision a world where the more people with access to art, the better. Putting up a paywall between an audience and a song or movie is one less person whose life is enhanced. And the more enhancement, the better, right?
Well, where does that put the artist? How do they make money? Performances and donations, I’d like to believe. It may be pie in the sky thinking, but it’s also intellectually dishonest to claim people are stealing from you when nothing is missing.
To be sure, this topic is a sticky wicket, representing the messy transaction society has to take as technology blurs the concrete lines of monetization–i.e. from CD’s to digital downloads.
So to lighten up what can be a pretty heated topic, here’s a fun video: