Bjossi wrote:JonKamm wrote:I've been buying, selling, trading music online all over the world for many years now. If the only way you can get a certain track is by getting someone to share the electronic file with you that is not pirating. If you could buy the CD or LP you would. Nobody is out any money. Pirating is a premeditated act. You purposefully steal the files simply to resell and make money or to save yourself the money. Most of the people who buy Yello music are fans and most fans buy the CDs and the LPs.
These are good points. But I have often wondered about the whole data stealing; I mean, a person who downloads copyrighted songs isn't causing any harm because it doesn't cost any money to duplicate the data, so no stores or labels are harmed in any way. It is however illegal so one better not get caught with his pants down.
I buy all my music when possible, but in rare cases the items I want are either literally nowhere to be found, Amazon, eBay, you name it, or they are outrageously expensive. I live in a tiny country with a tiny selection (there is pretty much only mainstream stuff here) so I frequently have to buy online to get the albums I want, Yello being one of them.JonKamm wrote:In your scenario if you are in a country where standards make it a pain to buy music then the record companies were never expecting to make money from you. They expect the people that the music is available to to buy the music.
Isn't it the stores that decide to buy shipments of this or that item from the record labels? At least that is how it works in the video game industry, when you buy video games you are supporting the store, not the developer or the publisher, you are simply helping to encourage the store to buy another shipment. Pretty much indirect support, but support nevertheless.
They also never talk about reselling on eBay or auction sites as being illegal but technically the only one that makes money off that sale is you the seller. The artist and record companies don't see a dime. Its a major grey area.