jrockster21 Posted March 3, 2006 Share Posted March 3, 2006 I'm sure this thread has been started before, but I think maybe not with the newer technologies in mind. With the advent of torrent technology, it is possible to download entire discographies, movies, etc. in a fraction of the time it may have taken before. I am certainly not 100% innocent, but I have made a turnaround when it comes to my opinion on this sort of thing. At the very core of the issue, downloading is stealing. I mean...its the equivalent of going in to Tower and shoplifting the CDs you want. And with the new torrent technology, I have friends who are downloading mp3s by the gigabyte. With this new, faster method, its the equivalent of breaking in to a Tower records and leaving with a car full of CDs and movies. I know one guy who has close to 100 gigabytes of music that he didn't pay a dime for. 100 gigs! That's gotta be over a 1000 audio CDs. That is more than 10,000 dollars he has stolen, minimum. 10,000 dollars!!! (Just did some rough math...assuming high-quality mp3s, its roughly 100 megs for a CD in mp3 format. 100 gigs is the equivalent of roughly 1000 CDs...good guess!) I have friends who have entire libraries of movies that they have stolen. The same guy has over 200 movies he's burned. That's around 4-5 grand worth of movies he's stolen. Now obviously not everyone is that extreme, but its not a grey area...you're either stealing or you're not. I'm not one to judge other people, so I'm not going to say you're a bad person for doing this. I will however say that I will not do it anymore because a) its morally wrong (imho) and CDs and DVDs are not that expensive. And as far as DVDs go, I actually prefer to have the case and original artwork...that's just my preference. So fire away on the ethics of downloading...I'm always interested in hearing the other side of the story; I've had some pretty good discussions about it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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