I downloaded Radiohead's In Rainbows without paying for it, but I bought the CD when it was later released.
NOTE: This isn't a condoning or condemnation of the practice. Just a discussion...
I have a buddy who believes this.
For example, he will download Nirvana's "Nevermind" because he bought it on cassette many moons ago.
Is this stealing?
He could (somewhat) easily hook up a tape deck to his PC and rip the audio off of the cassette. Wouldn't that be the same thing? He's just cutting out a bothersome step, right?
It got me thinking about comics. I've been seriously considering buying a iPad...not really for newer comics, but for old ones.
Hear me out...
Up in my attic I have tons of boxes of comics. Gigantic runs of dozens of titles. I would love to re-read some of these comics...but, like I said, they're up in the attic. And carrying down a long box of Alan Grant / Norm Breyfogle Batman comics? Well, I'm a lazy, lazy man.
1.) I own the comics.
2.) DC has shown little to no interest in reprinting this material...let alone digital format.
3.) So could I download the comics and put them on an iPad?
It's the same situation as my pal and his "I could just convert the cassette to .mp3 myself" argument.
So lets skip the finger-pointing and name calling...is it ethically permissable?
Its a really tough question.
I guess it really depends on the situation.
Actually, as anti-piracy I usually am, I'm on board with this argument. Specifically the "I bought the cassette tape back in the day, so I've paid for this straight up" version. Don't see why it shouldn't be expanded to comics...
While the argument makes sense, it basically just opens up the floodgates for other people to justify why it's all right for them to download. And it's not really one of those things that can be policed on a case-by-case basis, so if it's wrong for somebody pirate stuff because they don't want to pay for it, it's wrong for everybody who does it.
yes, I believe it is OK.
If your Library owns Nirvana's Nevermind CD, then you as a taxpayer are part owner of it. Go to the Library, take it home and rip a copy of it, which you are entitled to do. Sure it's all scratched to shit, but hey - you should have checked it out years ago.
Shit, I should have added a poll...