November 22, 2000
1:50 AM   Subscribe

Well now if I'd known this I never would've signed up with them last summer. My three months are up anyway. Bad move, emusic.
posted by aflakete (8 comments total)
I've abandoned Napster in favor of the public library. If you live remotely close to one you can get just about any CD you want.
posted by internook at 3:31 AM on November 22, 2000

Bad move, emusic.

You scammed them out of music they owned. Now, they're calling you down to the pricinipal's office and you gotta 'fess up and face (ahem) the music. And that's a bad move... how? 'Cause you and the rest of the hallway hooligans want to keep scamming stuff that doesn't belong to you?

Oh, I forgot. Copyright is so 20th century.
posted by m.polo at 5:39 AM on November 22, 2000

Or the other way around, which is even worse: You're mad because eMusic doesn't want you to open its files up to Napster.

If I read your words correctly, you have songs from eMusic, but you're mad because you've been told not to throw them around. Now, if you already downloaded songs, what does Napster have to do with anything?

This is the same argument used by the guys who put change in a newspaper vending machine for a copy and then take the whole stack. It's no less wrong here.
posted by werty at 6:50 AM on November 22, 2000

I'm not mad, just dodging a few bricks from a crumbling building built by racketeers.
posted by aflakete at 9:35 AM on November 22, 2000

Racketeers they may appear to be, but they are well within their rights to follow up on theft of their copyrighted material. If you were a publisher, you wouldn't want free copies of your clients books floating around, would you?
posted by Arvid at 9:49 AM on November 22, 2000

Arvid--so...what, we close all the libraries now?

By the way, internook--my library system has a very limited audio section.
posted by aflakete at 10:21 AM on November 22, 2000

Gnutella, blah blah, Hotline, blah blah, IRC, blah blah, Freenet, blah blah.....
posted by Optamystic at 12:00 PM on November 22, 2000

You know, this reminds me of something we used to do in college. You could buy a 'copez' copy card to use at photocopiers around campus. If you knew just how to insert it (don't remember the exact trick at this point) you could get unlimited copies from a single dime.
So, we would buy our books and take them into the Science and Engineering library and photocopy the chapters that appeared in the syllabus. I probably paid just over one dollar for all the books I ever used in college. The question here is how many times can you re-sell the same book? I propose that the act of creating the music and manufacturing the first copy is what has actual value. Every stamped out electronic copy is incidental and valueless. This is a clear case of the giants who built the "system" attempting to milk the working man.
posted by internook at 5:29 AM on November 24, 2000

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