"From my perspective, the idea that someone feels entitled to rip off anything and everything they want, just because they want it, shows just how far down our society has plunged."
It's interesting that a few people here are focusing on the sharing between music fans. But, ignoring the idea of sharing between artist and fan.
The article makes the following comment (I think it's Mike, but everything is italics so it's unclear).
"There's plenty of work in behavioral economics that shows we classify transactions as either "social" or "economic". We apply different standards to each. The social realm is all about reciprocity and trust, while the economic realm is all about value and rules."
I think the key to understanding what's going on with file-sharing is understanding the above. Music fans are fans of music and the artists that create it. Music is culture, communication. It's a social interaction. Music fans don't view their relationship with artists as economic.
During the 20th century, there was only one way to own the music you loved, thru the record labels. As such it was tolerated.
However, now the reproduction and distribution of digital content is virtually $0.00. It's also possible to market and promote in many new ways more cheaply with a wider reach.
When Lar starts complaining about people stealing Metallica's music he defined Metallica's relationship with its fans as economic. It's no surprise to me, that when a band as beloved by its fans as Metallica, perhaps unwittingly, defined the relationship as economic, that the fans react quickly and harshly.
Music fans share because they love music, it's natural to share and they view their relationship with music and artists as social, not economic.
It doesn't matter what law are enacted, what education is attempted, what pleading or bulling is tried. Music fans will never, ever accept a relationship with music and artists as economic, it just won't happen.
That doesn't mean music fans won't support their favorite bands financially. They will, as long as they are treated fairly and the nature of their connection with music is respected.
Music fans live in a world where it costs $1 for a low quality mp3 file or $13 for a $1 piece of plastic and the record industry insisting on an economic relationship between fans and artists. Society may be plunging but it isn't because of the music fans.
I [do] not run around chanting 'Death to the EFF' the way people here do to the RIAA. Because I'm an adult.
As you well know, the RIAA and the companies they represent are liars and cheaters, they ripoff artists and consumers any which way they can. It's hardly surprising that there are people chanting 'Death to the RIAA.'
And as an adult, would you say that your work largely exposes or facilitates these liars and cheaters?
If everyone had their way, musicians and all of their music would be free all of the time
There are plenty of people still willing to (over)pay for music.
Not all of the money goes to the right places
almost all the money goes to the wrong places. RIAA, Record labels and collection agencies don't give a shit about musicians. If they cared, they'd be more transparent. They are liars and cheats, why should anyone want to [w]ork *with* the system?
I don't defend illegal file sharing... but I also don't defend trying to sell over-priced product. If I have to choose between me stealing from the record companies or the record companies stealing from me... well, it's not a hard decision to make.