ARIA have finally had a major design update to their site for the first time in 3 years, and with it they had to weight into the whole file-sharing debate (ARIA is to Australia what the RIAA is to America)...And what i found highly amusing is this was one of their right and wrong points
Downloading is like home taping, they are supposedly both breaking copyright laws...So ARIA have basically owned their own asses...they are a bunch of assholes...to read more of their bullshit visit here
Downloading is just like home taping.
File sharing via the internet cannot be likened to copying tapes deck to deck at home. That's like comparing someone physically copying a book to a printing house churning out hundreds of copies a minute of the same book - and then making it available to absolutely everyone around the world for free.
The damage this sort of copying causes to music is enormous. But it also presents other dangers to the unwitting consumer. If you use a peer-to-peer service, you open your computer and all the information you've stored in it up to hundreds of strangers - simply at the touch of a button. When you use a file-sharing service you may unwittingly be acting as a 'mass distributor'; as whenever you're online every other user around the world has the ability to access your hard drive. And this could lead to problems with your personal computer, including the transmission of viruses.