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?