This site touches on two points that have irritated me for a very long time in the whole copyright debate: copying is not stealing, and if the media industry would simply start selling quality goods – i.e. unencumbered, no DRM – at a fair price, people would most certainly buy them.
The big music labels seem to have finally understood the latter point – they are slowly starting to offer their music in DRM-free formats. The big movie studios are still a ways from that point. But neither the big music labels nor the big studios have understood the difference between stealing and copying. In simple terms: stealing implies that you derive someone of a good, by taking it away from them. Making a copy of a digital file by its very nature leaves the original intact – ergo, the original owner is not derived of anything. Equating copying with stealing is nonsense.
The counterargument is that by copying a digital file, the citizen is somehow ‘stealing’ revenue from the big content publishers. All I can say is – wake up and smell the coffee. Perfect digital copies are a fact of life, and they are here to stay. It’s been almost 10 years since napster – big content has had a very, very long time to adjust their business models to that fact, and for the most part have simply refused.
Support the artists – go to concerts, buy merchandise. If you want music that’s published on a big label, buy second hand CDs or buy DRM-free songs, for instance at Amazon.
If content publishers don’t want to adapt, they will go out of business.