The Eternal Controversy Over Stealing Music I Mean File-Sharing

Cory Doctorow writes about “the Internet’s original sin“–downloading music in the legal gray area of file sharing (that’s right; you say “theft,” I say “gray area”; to-may-to, to-mah-to)–and some good reasons why you still shouldn’t feel bad about it:

I think even the record industry recognizes that appealing to the innate justice of its survival and profit is a nonstarter. That’s the only explanation I can think of for their campaigns in the past decade that have focused on the risk to young peoples’ moral character as a result of file-sharing. This is a pretty poor argument, of course: when the record industry spends half a century telling would-be censors that it is not in the business of safeguarding the morals of young listeners, it’s pretty rich for the same industry to turn around and announce that it is only suing and threatening kids to save them from a life of sin and degradation.

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