Actually you're buying the bandwidth it takes to get the bits that comprise the file to your device. They are providing you with nothing in the way of a "product", at least as it is strictly defined. A transfer service is what they're providing. The sad part about the whole thing is that at $0.99 per song the industry makes a killing as the bandwidth to transfer said song costs next to nothing.
If the owners of the songs sold them drm free for 10x the cost of the bandwidth I'd bet they would make a killing as it would probably be worth it for me to buy music that way than rip it from the CD I bought it on 20 years ago. However, at 0.99 per song it is cost prohibitive. Therefore I simply rip my old CDs. In fact, often enough it's cheaper for me to buy a used CD for $3 and rip the songs off of it than buy them as MP3s.
Stagehands, makeup artists, and costume designers are only a few of the crafts served by IATSE. These hardworking, middle-class Americans are real people who are facing the all-too-tangible consequences of online theft: disappearing jobs, declining pensions, and diminished health and retirement benefits.
Exactly how does "online theft" (whatever the hell that is) cause declining pensions, and diminished health and retirement benefits?
Ahh, OK. So you're saying that my wife, my 8yo son and my 6yo daughter all must buy separate accounts instead of just using mine? If my daughter wants to watch shaun the sheep in the morning she has to log off of my account and log in to hers else she's committing a felony, amirite? Makes perfect sense.
The sun does far more damage to kids than any radio waves ever will. And that's a proven fact. Maybe we should ban it or ban going outside. Europe could build a great big sun shield and protect everyone from the evil sun!
At one point in time you could find good deals and bargains on ebay (back when amateur and garage sale type sellers were mixed in with the volume sellers). These days that's rare because ebay has been overrun by the volume sellers. Most times I can find identical items on alternate sites for less than what I'd pay on ebay.
The list ranked 50 female students and in describing them, rated their body parts and used racial slurs. The teen also is being accused of printing out the list and passing it around during lunch periods at the high school on Jan. 14 , the Tribune reported."
I have kids. Some days they're talkative and playful. Other days they're an absolute handful and seemingly downright evil. Still other days they're reserved and quiet and want to be left alone. They are, after all, human beings; not robots.
So is that why we have a bunch of scientists trying to prove god doesn't exist?
Proving a theory wrong can kill the theory sure. But do we have a theory about life in the universe? We've got a single observable instance of life arising on a planet. Based on that there's no way we can make a valid theory that says any temperate earth-like planet has life on it. There's not enough observable evidence to warrant the theory!
Stating that another planet is sure to have life on it is an extraordinary claim that requires like evidence. If you're going to claim that there's a 100% chance for life on Gliese 561g, you've most certainly got to defend that with more than "where there's water on earth, there's life".