The new generations do not see a moral issue with file-sharing


An eye-opening article in New York Times about the generational divide on copyright morality, by David Pogue.

Compared to a few years back, the new generation of teenagers do not find any moral concern about copying and sharing copyrighted material, as the experiment from David Pogue shows.

I wondered whether my 8 months son, would buy from iTunes in the future or would download with BitTorrent and eMule. This article makes be believe that most likely the latter, but not entirely.

New generations would  be willing to pay for content, but only for the content they really love.

In the past, you had to buy the CD just to realize that only 2 or 3 songs were worth it . These times are gone, however painful it is for the music industry. The technology has changed the rules of the game, and digital content can be widely and inexpensively distributed.

I am sure all the teenagers in the article experiment, would have objected to people making money from the creations of others – i.e piracy. But what harm does a private copy do to an artist, except having his works known to more people? Why would an artist oppose to having their creations available for a biggest audience?

People would NOT buy most of the content they share/download today.

Good artist will always find the way to be compensated for their work. 

  • http://simpson.mine.nu Mr Frosti

    If I had to purchase every CD I listened to, I would only listen to a 1/10 of what I listen to now.

    The music industry had their golden era, of marking up a $0.02 piece of plastic to $18.99, but the world has moved on since. Its hard to feel remorse for a industry that was that horrible to its customers.

  • Navigator2

    Sooner or later the music & film industry will adapt to the times.
    Their fight to keep the status quo is a nonsense. It is like pretending Internet did not exist, and forcing us to purchase DVD and CDs at the infamous price they used to charge.

    Forget it. See what iTunes and Amazon are doing. This is the right way.

    See this article
    http://torrentfreak.com/piracy-morals-and-the-need-for-change-071323/#comment-247647

  • StealthC

    Too late for them now, time to not give them a damn dime, and to eliminate their advertising as much as possible. I just love how rip makes even surfing to download stuff I could use ever more so pleasant. I’m tired of corporations telling us all what to do. I’m tired of them telling what my politicians should do. I’m sick of their corruption. I’m sick of how they pervade our lives and pervert us, filling children’s heads with advertisements, ronald macdonald, lucky charms guy. It’s disgusting. Making us all eat garbage. Disconnecting us from our environment, and our free heritage. The system once was good for humanity but now we get to see that with any system that won’t adapt with it’s people, it eventually dies. Start battle now, because sooner or later the system won’t have to listen to us slaves and just own us; technology is real close to being able to control us. The system needs us to make quantum computers so it can monitor us. We need to make better optics so it can watch us from space. It needs to create internet and wifi so it is easier to use landbased monitoring (so it can listen). It needs more computing power so we don’t cheat on our taxes. It needs atm’s, banks, credit cards, so it can watch what we buy. It needs to motivate us, but how many of you out there work for next to nothing (how motivating is that)? Anybody starting to feel like a gullible fool for having played right into their hands? Cuz slavery never ended, it just got a better disguise.