- Aug 26, 2010
And technically speaking, I and you were using the term "theft" and "stealing", but copying is not stealing.
I find it unethical when people copy and/or profit from my song writing and studio recordings (although I do encourage people to record live sets, warts and all).I find it highly unethical to create a piece of code or art which you can perpetually sell forever and ever.
I've been away for a week recording a number of new songs which will eventually find their way into the public domain. I hired a recording studio for a week, an engineer and a number of session musicians. I will be paying for art work & layout, CD manufacture & printing, booklet printing & rear inlay, shrink wrapped jewel cases and distribution to retailers. I will also incur costs getting my stuff uploaded to around 150 streaming sites.
All of this will cost me far more than the average yearly wage. So tell me, if I see my stuff being downloaded for free should I dismiss it as simply copying and not feel I'm being robbed? On the other hand if someone actually likes my stuff enough to pay for it (there's no accounting for taste) why would that be 'highly unethical'?
I'm not out to shake your tree, I'm just genuinely intrigued by your reasoning which I'll freely admit is probably shared by the majority.