On piracy and buying music

Emily White, on npr.org:

I honestly don’t think my peers and I will ever pay for albums. I do think we will pay for convenience.

David Lowery on The Trichordist:

I also find this all this sort of sad. Many in your generation are willing to pay a little extra to buy “fair trade” coffee that insures the workers that harvested the coffee were paid fairly. Many in your generation will pay a little more to buy clothing and shoes from manufacturers that certify they don’t use sweatshops… Your generation is largely responsible for the recent cultural changes that has given more equality to same sex couples. On nearly every count your generation is much more ethical and fair than my generation. Except for one thing. Artist rights.

I wonder if this is a generational thing? An entitlement issue? A case of not valuing items which have no physical presence? Laziness? Greediness? 

I own around 1,000 CDs, a handful of LPs and probably 20 or 30 digital music purchases. I estimate my library is 90 - 95% paid for. A lot of the remaining music is out of print, hard to find, was once a limited, 1,000-copy, Japanese only pressing.

I don’t feel guilty that I copied the Japanese version of the Ghost Dog soundtrack, because I can only buy that now from eBay or some Amazon Marketplace seller who won’t be sending a penny to the artist(s). That said, I also have music I haven’t bought yet. I know it’s wrong, and I intend to buy everything at some point, which seems to be the difference between me and Emily.

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