I think we should all stop for a minute, and just take a look at what we are doing, and why we're doing it. I am a pro-file sharer all the way but there has to be limits. Why do I download songs? Because I think it's rediculous to pay $18 for a cd that only has one good song on it.
However.. there are limitations.. I wouldn't ever download an entire album, that truly is ripping off the artist. If you like an album, BUY it. I know it's more convenient to just download it, but really, but yourself in the artists shoes. Not necessarily Eminem or Metallica or the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.. new bands, just starting out. Bands that aren't rich and successful already. They could be truly talented, but because people can just download the album they'll never be able to make a living out of it. It is Wrong, and we all know that. Sure we can all download files, that's fine, but you should also support the artists. Buy a cd now and then, especially ones from artists who are just starting out. I mean really, if you were just recently discovered as having a talent in the music business.. would you be wanting to get paid for your work? I think so.
The other problem I have, is I saw a topic on here asking how to cut the credits off of movies. Now we're not only stealing the movies, we're taking away the artists CREDIT. So what if the file is bigger, tough. If your going to steal the movie you can at least give credit where credit is due. Really. I know you probably don't care to have Affleck or Damon or Spielberg credited, they've got enough money. But how about thirty names down the list, the little people. The people who aren't makin' 15 million bucks a picture, all they really have is their name on those credits. Again, put yourself in that position and see how you'd feel, if your dreams of breaking in to the movie biz come true. You get to work on a great film, your so proud of yourself. You go over to your friends place to tell him the good news and he's got a pirated version of the film, he's seen it, hasn't got the credits. He thinks your telling him bullshit. All of a sudden, your hard work on the film is flushed down the toilet to save a few minutes of download time.
So I guess my question is, do any of us have any boundaries when downloading files? Artists DESERVE to get paid for their material... wether they be musicians or film makers. They definately DESERVE to be creditted for the materials they've submitted. What do you all think?