·Time Warner Cable
reply to IowaCowboy
Re: Just pay for your content Negative. Those are different classes entirely.
1. If you go into said store and shoplift, that is theft of property because said owner is BBY, etc and is petit larceny. You are stealing propery (the physical disc)
2. If you download a work AND don't pay for it, then that is a DMCA violation which is considered theft of intellectual property and hence the fines are stiff because the laws were originally meant for say one performer "copying" another not distributing. There is nothing physical to steal (there are bits...)
3. Bootlegs - That falls under performance art, which is another IP violation class altogether and falls under the DMCA too.
So please spread the word correctly, these are all different scenarios. This is why they want physical media to go away, because even if the license they provide for said media prohibits resale, it has been shown they can't even if say a TPP doesn't facilitate the sale. So you buy a CD, you can sell it to anyone you want, regardless of the terms they put on the sale.
A VAST majority of people don't understand IP (intellectual property) laws because in fact the reasoning for the laws go against human nature (which is to spread information not restrict it). I deal w/ IP all day long. Most of these laws are antiquated and are punitive.
At some point when humans evolve we will go back to 1000 years ago when every work of art was treated as such, a treasure to be shared by all mankind, and not pay for every impression. There were sponsors, patrons--today's internet facilitates that. The only difference is that today a master patron (say Universal group) is taking that performance and reselling it to the masses and controlling the distribution through laws, effectively choking competition and distribution. Once content can be performed to the masses without a filter and an adequate way to "patronize" the artist we will again have a renaissance in the arts. In the meantime we have mass consumption drivel. That withstanding there is a ton on indie music out there that is vastly superior to what is presented to the masses.