While VCRs CAN be used for legal purposes, file sharing networks aren't.
First of all, my share list has Mandrake (still) on it. People have DLed it from me. I'd IM and ask why they didn't just get it from an .edu, the answer was always "you're faster". Alas, my DSL has gone with my money supply and I'm back in dialup hell, but...
I was in a bar listening to some live music, just last night. After last call when the place had pretty much emptied out and I was taking my last few sips of beer, one of the band members walked up and handed me a home-burned CD.
"Here, dude, burn a million copies and give them away."
I asked if he minded if I post them on the internet. "Go for it!"
"Rufus and the Flycats" turned out to be a very good IMO, if short, CD. It isn't the sort of music you'll hear on clear channel. It's kind of a psychedelic funky jazz, hard to describe, harder to pidgeonhole. But excellent sound quality, better than most RIAA CDs.
I ripped some high quality MP3s. Do a Kazaa title search for "Three Green Men," a track with vocals (most of the 7 songs are instrumentals). Good shit.
This CD is the one that the RIAA wants to keep off of the internet, not maddonna (misspelling intentional). Because when this band, or one like it, makes it despite the major labels' great effort, it is all over for the recording industry as we know it.
It will happen. In the late 1960s, there was a fellow who got a recording contract but never got air play. He was a black man playing funky psychedelic rock. The black stations wouldn't play him because it was rock. The white stations wouldn't play him because it was black-funky.
Jimi Hendrix became a legend despite his lack of airplay, just from people playing it on their home stereos for friends.
P2P is people doing exactly that, only the difference is they have millions of friends all over the world.
My share list has no new top 40 pop at all. None. Nada. I was talking to the bouncer while the band was on break and the jukebox was on. "Fucking Dave Matthews, Goddamned depressing shit. I think they go to college they just hand them a free Dave Matthews CD before they ever get their books," and I had to agree with him.
My share list has old jazz from the 30s and 40s, Blues from the 40s and 50s. I have newer stuff blocked.
Except for those who WANT me to share, like the punk bands "The Queers" and "The Gunga Dins," and some ska bands- when was the last time you ever heard any ska on the radio?
Just because you're a brainwashed, wet behind the ears freshman in college who listens to Dave Matthews and Madonna doesn't mean everybody else is sharing what you share. There is, indeed, a ton of "non-infringing" stuff, despite what you ignorantly think and spout.
And yes, it is breaking copyright law for me to share those 1932 dead folks' music. I don't give a shit. Despite what the damned Supreme Court said, three fucking lifetimes is NOT limited, and a blow job IS sex.
"The entire neocon movement is dedicated to revoking mcgrew's posting priviliges. This is why we went to war with Iraq." -LilDebbie
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