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Ignorance of 13 yrs old music pirates

by FBallrox003 / October 18, 2007 12:28 PM PDT

Yes, I am one of the younger listeners of BOL being 13 yrs old.

While talking about Jammie Thomas, Tom and Molly mentioned that ignorance cannot be an excuse for illegally downloaded songs. At lunch at school today, some of my less technology inclined friends didn't realize that by downloading songs off limewire were illegal. What I thought was the funniest was that one person pays for Limewire Pro and thinks that by paying, he isn't pirating.
Well, I think that based on only like 5 of my friends, that kids generally arn't being intentionally bad, they are just extremely ignorant about these p2p programs.

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Still not an excuse....
by paintguru / October 18, 2007 12:56 PM PDT

Perhaps if the parents had more of an idea what their kids were doing, they could teach them that downloading these songs is illegal. Of course that is my wild and crazy way of thinking I guess.

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But that would mean...
by Nicholas Buenk / October 18, 2007 1:25 PM PDT

Parents would have to pay for their kids music. Conflict of interest there is here. Grin

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Same Problem Here
by Faeliox / October 19, 2007 2:21 AM PDT

Hello World.

I can certainly attest to that fact. I'm 15, and the mind set is almost the same. Here, though, my peers know that it's illegal, but do it anyway. Other than the people who's parents buy them iTunes gift cards, most people will go and download the 2.75 Gb music compilations on Bittorrent and call that their music library. I've seen their computers with literally not a single legal peice of music or software that didn't come bundled with it. They even think that a subscription service is too much to bother with. If the RIAA comes after Canada, my school is going to be under quarentine.


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Confusing it more...
by Renegade Knight / October 19, 2007 4:47 AM PDT

If they download those songs to a Zune, they have paid a fee that goes to the recording companies becaues they demaned that "since" the Zune can store pirated songs they deserve a fee.

So in that light, some of your friends have in fact actually paid for some of their music. If this payment gives them no rights to music, then they have paid for nothing and that's fraud, or extortion, or rackteering. You would need a lawer to figure it all out.

Anyway, it's a complex issue, that's made more complex by the recording insustry itself.

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by FBallrox003 / October 19, 2007 7:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Confusing it more...

If I was to ask my less technology inclined friends about the zune, they wouldn't even know what a Zune or a MP3 player is. To them, iPods play music, nothing else. Just like Steve Job's wants them to think.

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