[ExI] to my fellow renaissance life forms

Dave Sill sparge at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 11:49:31 UTC 2021

On Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 2:04 AM SR Ballard via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> So the library pays $9.99 and tens of thousands can listen, how is that
> any different than piracy, assuming one person pays for the album?

Borrowing a physical, paid-for copy from a library is legal. Pirating is
The artist and label are paid for the physical copy. They aren't paid for
pirated copies.
Tens of thousands of people could, sequentially, listen to the library
copy, but in reality, that won't happen.

> I can also listen to a friend’s CD as many times as I like.
> It’s illogical.

It's the law: it doesn't have to be logical.

Yes, the "harm" caused by a single act of piracy is insignificant. On the
scale of Napster, though, it's very significant.

-Dave, a member of ASCAP
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