qcal at quen.net
Tue Feb 25 10:57:10 PST 2003
from Ian Molton's 25 Feb 2003 classic prose
" On Tue, 25 Feb 2003 19:27:36 +0200
" "Silviu Julean" <sjulean at computervoice.ro> wrote:
" > for some people it may seem *moral* to
" > watch/listen to illegal copies now, and it wouldn't in the absence of
" > nowadays' let's-make-raw-profit system.
" For example, I pay a tax to the music industry on ALL my blank CDs,
" because they ASSUME I will use them for piracy.
" Since I have payed my 'fine' for the evil act, I feel justified in
" actually comitting it.
" so, for every blank CD I buy, I am entitled to 12 tracks of audio.
" I challenge anyone to find a flaw in that logic...
Obvious, my dear watson. Among other things, you are assuming that
the tax is being collected and will be used for the purpose stated.
It's a similar flaw to say that because one pays tax on gasoline
(petrol, whatever;) that one is paying for the roads and is therefore
morally entitled to use them.
Actually, there may well be other flaws as well. Among them, it's
the _artist_ who produces the work, not the industry. From what I've
read, the mechanism for the getting the 'tax' to the artist is more
than a little flawed, never mind that the artist might not have
wanted that price and terms be dictated to both buyer and seller by
some (self-styled watchdog) third party.
"Fix reason firmly in her seat and call to her tribunal every fact,
every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God;
because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of
reason, than that of blindfolded fear." --Thomas Jefferson
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