I have two points to make. The first â€“ how is buying a CD and selling it not piracy or illegal? I just searched Ebay and found 259,993 people that are selling music CDs. Theyâ€™re making money off of the backs of an artist or record label. People have been selling CDs for years - that must be illegal. Why doesnâ€™t the RIAA go after those people? Iâ€™m sure they could get account information quickly, and sue quickly. What if one person bought one CD and sold it, and then that person sold it, and so on. One artist would sell one CD, yet 1,000 people have it. Why isnâ€™t selling your old movies illegal? Why doesnâ€™t the MPAA come down on people that sell movies they bought? That should be illegal â€“ theyâ€™re making a profit off of a movie studioâ€™s back. Can you tell me why selling a CD or a movie you bought isnâ€™t illegal? The RIAA will sue you if you give your CD to a friend, yet do nothing if you sell the CD to your friend.
The second. How can I pay $7 to see a $100M movie, and pay $15 to hear a (could be lousy) album? How can I buy said $100M movie for the same price of an album? Does a music album cost $100M to make? It must be the artwork
To all the people saying â€œpiracy is Satanâ€ â€“ you wouldnâ€™t be saying that if we had to pay for all forms of entertainment, would you? If you had to pay for TV shows (each one), youâ€™ll probably be the ones saying â€œWow, I sure love having to pay for this TV show!!â€
Johnny: Mommy, I want to watch Power Rangers today. Can I?
Mommy: No, Johnny, you canâ€™t because we canâ€™t afford it.
Johnny: Why canâ€™t we afford it?
Mommy: Well, this weekâ€™s episode is $15. We had to save the $15 today to watch the local news broadcast coming up at 6 â€“ so we can see if the tornado will hit us. We want to be safe.
Johnny: Canâ€™t we just look at the weather on the computer?
Mommy: We could, but our web surfing is a low priority. The page may not come up for the next few hours, since consumer web traffic has taken a lower priority.
Johnny: Why does it cost $15 to watch Power Rangers?
Mommy: Well, sweetie, the TV industry realized that people are no longer watching commercials â€“ they just fast-forward through them. So, the TV industry saw musicâ€™s business model, and they went with that. They say they need the money.
Johnny: But, on a free episode of MTV Cribs, I saw a TV guy say he had 4 Bentleys. He didnâ€™t look like he needed money. Mommy, whatâ€™s a Bentley?
Mommy: Itâ€™s a $350,000 car.
Johnny: But, if it costs that much and he has 4 of them, why does he need our $15? I just wanted to watch Power Rangers