Hi, I'm FlameGame and I wanted to write an article on the dilemma that I have about the rightfulness of pirated music. Well, piracy does not exist only in the fields of music, but in other art-forms such as movies as well. But the question still exists - Is piracy the right thing to do?
[NOTE : This is not an article which supports piracy, or is against it. Read it to know what it is about]
The answer is what you decide to be. Piracy is prohibited by law in most countries (or all). I think everyone of us agrees that it is a form of stealing.
A proper definition of 'stealing' (as given on a dictionary) is "The act of taking something from someone unlawfully".
As I said earlier, piracy of music is unlawful in most countries, so it fis perfectly into the definition of stealing.
Anyways, I thought I would share my personal 'encounters' with piracy. I live in India, and believe me or not, piracy exists at its top-form here. Though metal music is not quite popular, there are some decent shops where you can buy good CDs. Only the very very very famous stuff reach here. Good stuff is not released here so soon, or it takes a lot of searching. So I tend to go where everyone on the planet can - THE INTERNET (It is not even a powerful term anymore to be put in block). You can find every piece of music on the Internet, fully downloadable and free. (FREE - now thats a powerful term).
I respect music a lot and respect every musician who takes the time to put his inspiration together and compose his own music. Therefore, my heart wants to give the musician whatever he deserves.
Now, on the respect of buying records, I see many people saying that musicians/bands get very little amounts of money on the purchase of a CD/records. They tell me that most money goes to the recording companies and those big label companies.
Two objections here:
1. The simple principle of tiny droplets filling up a bucket. If we all get pirated music, the musicians would be a handful poorer. You can't deny a person what he deserves just because he would be getting little of what you pay. When a rich person wins a lottery, you can't deny him a small car because he already owns a limo. 2. There are people working and earning their livelihoods at the recording companies too. They need a bit of the action, too. They work like people, they deserve like people. And the fact that the musician knows what percentage of the money he will be getting, he is the one who signed the contract, remember?
We all can't leave old habits. So, once you downloaded music for free, you get addicted to it and download lots and lots. Believe me, I know some guys who get freaky when they don't download something regularly.
Here is an explanation for why we should download or support pirated music, I quote:
"OK, lets take it this way:
1. A guy named X made a tool called the SCREWDRIVER. 2. It got patented by a company, which started selling screwdrivers. Now, if a person A buys a screwdriver and makes an exact copy of it, would you call it stealing? Because the guy is a factor in reducing the sales a little of the company that patented the screwdriver. And now if A makes million copies of the screwdriver and gives them away for free and I take it from him, not from the company that patented the screwdriver, would I be stealing the company? Of course not! If this keeps happening, I'm sure you lil' teenagers who throw a lot of crap like they know, you wouldn't be able to make you cute little kaleidoscopes and magnifying glasses for projects, because these objects are patented by one or the other company. SO START DOWNLOADING GUYS, YOU ARE JUST TAKING IT FOR FREE FROM THE GUY, WHO MADE A COPY OF THE MATERIAL HE GOT AND STARTED DISTRIBUTING."
For all of you who have ever downloaded music illegally, you may agree that downloaded music isn't always good quality, but it does the work.
Another good fight I get to see on UG and everywhere is a good one. It is called "TESTING A BAND" explanation. Here, two dudes fight over the rightfulness of piracy. Person A supports downloading music illegally and Person B is his counter-part.
A: Hey man! I downloaded this band, it's really cool, listen to it. B: Nice stuff man, but why would you download music illegally? A: Well, I was just testing the band..you know.. B: There's YouTube for that idiot. You know it's illegal and I'm against it! A: Whatever, I would never walk all the way to a music store just to buy a CD! B: iTunes idiot. THERE'S iTunes to download whatever you want. A: Whatever. B: Get out.
Yea, this is quite common. What most of us fail to know that uploading music without attaining the permission of the owner of the music is illegal, even on YouTube. You would know this if you ever saw a video whose audio or video has been recorded over and dubbed. The disclaimer helps sometimes, otherwise its just your luck. And by the way, there are numerous legal and legitimate free software that allow you download stuff directly from YouTube, it worsens the quality sometimes, but its still good enough to listen to.
For the iTunes part, all the countries do not have access to downloading all the stuff on iTunes. So for them, they have to look for other ways. I do not know how the condition has improved, but I checked sometime back and I couldn't download a Quo Vadis song from iTunes, got the message:
"This song is unavailable in your country or region, please try later" or something like that.
But I like the band because they have made 3 songs from every one of their albums for free download off their official site.
Piracy seems bittersweet. You may get caught for copyright infringement or whatever. You have to pay a lot and serve some time at prison.
That's all the points and objections I got. Don't rate the article on whether you support pirated music or not. Rate it low if you think this is a waste of time and I have missed numerous points and explanations. Please comment with your opinions.
As I stated in the beginning, this is not an article which supports piracy of music or is against it. I am still 15 and in a state of dilemma, if you have a valid explanation to any of the sides, please comment.