Most People Do It, But It's Illegal!

United States
January 16, 2012 7:08pm CST
I'm talking about downloading music. Most people download illegally in one way or another. And who's to point blame? Music is just so expensive, especially if you love music! Now, do you consider downloading music from software such as Limewire or Frostwire or using music conversion websites as illegal activity? It's so common now that I often forget that it's against the law.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
17 Jan 12
I have never downloaded music for free. I took lessons in the 90s from a guitarist that was struggling and had worked for a band who had a modicum of success and I know how little they make on a CD. This guy was dirt poor--worked all day at the music store and took gigs whenever he could, sometimes working 20 hours a day. How can I steal from someone like that, even if they do make it big and are rolling in cash? They've paid their dues, worked hard and sacrificed to be where they are. Who am I to say their blood, sweat and tears should be free? Sure, music is expensive but so is everything. Music is relatively cheap, though, when you compare it to a good steak--that is gone in 20 minutes never to be seen again while you can enjoy music for the rest of your life if you take care of the CD. Downloading music illegally is the same thing as breaking into the musician's house and forcibly taking money from them. Now, you read ParaTed's information by now. But just because someone makes it easy to break the law and steal from people doesn't mean you should.
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@signum (547)
• Australia
8 Feb 12
Amen!! No one seems to understand the amount of money that goes into making an album. I was having this conversation with my boss, who is co-owner of a fashion label, and he was saying it's not a big deal and the artists have plenty of cash. I tried to explain to him that it's the same in the fashion industry, and if he's going to take that attitude, then he shouldn't whine when someone rips off our designs and calls it their own. No difference to me, stealing is stealing. People forget that it's not just the wealthy musicians they are taking hard-earned cash from, it's also the ones who are struggling to get anywhere.
• China
17 Jan 12
My teacher had once referred to this question as well. After our discussion we came up to the conclusion that it is the website runner or the softeare company who should pay for the copyright because their behavior is business and their aim is to make money. When we surf on the web and use the software, we customers have already paid it somehow: Do you agree?
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@Reyachan (589)
• Romania
17 Jan 12
Hello! It's an interesting point you make here, xiao. Indeed, if they profit from the music they upload an the traffic to their site they should pay. As for me as a user, i'll buy something i really like, weather it's music, game or movie and I do so to support the artists. The rest i just listen to online or from cds my friends loan me, etc. It's not infringement if you don't copy to make a profit from it :P
@Mickie30 (2633)
17 Jan 12
I don't download music just listen to it on-line or on the telly. We have the music package. I know that people download illegally, but I try to keep away from doing that. Even if I do download I will pay for the music first, otherwise it is stealing.
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@AmbiePam (49883)
• United States
17 Jan 12
I've never done it, and it wouldn't occur to me to try to find out how. Especially with so many people getting caught these days. I'd rather just pay the 99 cents for a song.
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@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
17 Jan 12
I haven't really downloaded any music files. My son does, though, through the help of his mom. I'm not really sure which sites they go to to downloaded music. What I do know is that my wife pays for it via her credit card. We don't really advocate piracy even if it costs less or even free. I guess we were brought up in an old-fashioned way :)
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
17 Jan 12
I have never downloaded music..my grandson tried to talk me into doing it from limewire but I never did....so I am still legal! LOL
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@megamatt (14327)
• United States
24 Jan 12
Legally speaking yes, but you really do need to consider who the true criminals are. That would be music companies who put out overpriced CDs that are chalked full of useless fluff that had less than two minutes worth of thought, for one song that might be slightly better and might be the main attraction. And things are not getting any cheaper. Granted, these days, you can buy just one song, but that's not available for everything. And let's face it, this is not just a problem with the Internet. There is really not that all much of a difference between downloading music off the Internet and tape recording a song right off the radio which many did in fact do in those days before the Internet. I find it funny however that anyone really pays for the latest music, as even if it is on the Internet, you find the right radio station and the song plays about six times a day anyway. Go figure.
• Mexico
21 Jan 12
Hi Stephanie Ann C: I try to buy most of my music legally but still I think that the music industry should understand and assimilate the new technologies where people share information. Some bands for example offer a free download of their albums on the first week of release for example. ALVARO
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
19 Jan 12
I think it's illegal. I think that even if the majority of people do it, it doesn't change the fact that it is still illegal. Having said (written) that, I don't think there's enough muscle out there to police this. So something has to give. Either the website that allows people to download the music pay the industry, or change the law.
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
18 Jan 12
That maybe illegal if there's a law that prohibit us to download those songs. Because if you notice when downloading something that you can't download a song that have copy rights laws on it. But those freeware songs is not protected by such copy rights laws. Therefor, I would say that we can't violate any laws in downloading because those freeware is not covered by copy rights laws...if there was to blame maybe the site that we can download free songs and not blame users because they presume those songs are free to download
@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
18 Jan 12
I know many people who are using Limewire for this purpose. I know nothing about Frostwire though. But really I don't really know they are illegal.It it is illegal then I will not ever engage into it. Besides, I am not very fond of downloading music actually. I love music but I'd rather just turn on to my favorite station if I like to listen rather than taking time downloading them. Anyway I can readily hear all my favorites from this station.
@salma07 (641)
• India
17 Jan 12
i guess its inevitable that music is being downloaded illegally, A) its impossible for us to not to listen to them, coz everyone loves good music B) as you mentioned the cds are so costly and a student cannot afford to lose that much money out his/her pocket money, i bet its student that make up a major target for these websites.....anyway i plan to buy music when i start earning....that is my way of redemption
• United States
17 Jan 12
Yes, I have done it many times...guilty! It's on the internet and it's available to us for free so I say what the heck. Music is expensive and like I said if it is available for free then people are going to use it.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
17 Jan 12
I know it is against the law, but honestly, if they were so concerned about it they'd have the music sites shut down in one way or another. There are a few artists that are displeased, and I can understand that. I think, however, that after a singer's album has had so many sells they should be allowed to be downloaded for free on softwares like that, or for a cheaper price (fifty cents per song?)
17 Jan 12
I can say without doubt that I have never downloaded any music legally or illegally nor have ever downloaded any films. I am have downloaded some software which was not legal but I can't remember
@arjunm (439)
• India
17 Jan 12
yeah. it is.. but all time new songs are releasing.. i just love to listing music.. u know when i am in office then also i put head phone on my ear .. so if i just want to buying music cd or cassette then my all money would be finish in a moment.. o i don't have a choice.. i know it is illegal but .. i am sorry for doing it...
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
17 Jan 12
I know people who are doing this and I was hoping someone would for me to fill my IPod for me! The guy said he could then turns around and tell if he does it he loses internet privileges at college! I work at a college and this guy is a student where I work. I was not happy and I can't afford to put music on my Ipod! As long as people can get away with doing things illegelly they will! It is a fact of life! Sad to say!
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
17 Jan 12
My friends say sharing is loving/caring~(^^) If the website company get money or profit from it then I say it is illegal. If they get nothing and just make it for 'sharing' sake then what else to say??? It is one way of marketing or promoting as well otherwise without it we can't even recognize some of the artists.(^^)
@tatzkie23 (773)
• Philippines
17 Jan 12
I've been downloading music, or movies online. LOL. I was not supposed to say that! it's illegal. haha. But i do sometimes, with internet, it's really easy to do that. They can't prevent it. It's everywhere.
@obe212003 (2302)
• Philippines
17 Jan 12
oh my i'm involved in illegal activities, and if i'm to be sued with the rest of those like me, then probably the recording companies would be raking billions of dollars as it is quite prevalent in the world wide web..