After considering this for a while, I've decided to "go straight" in… - John C. Kirk
Mar. 25th, 2003
After considering this for a while, I've decided to "go straight" in terms of music piracy. In practical terms, this means that I've freed up about 5 Gb of hard drive space, by deleting about 1350 files. I'll add a page to my website in due course, explaining my reasons in more detail, but in brief I'm leaning towards the "piracy is theft" point of view. Essentially, I think there's a grey area, where I started out by saying "It's not stealing, because I don't like this album enough to buy it, so the record company isn't losing any money if I listen to it free of charge". More recently, I've found myself thinking "Why pay money for this CD/DVD when I can download it off the internet instead?", so I think it's time to put the brakes on my moral erosion of character (to borrow a phrase from a Bujuld novel).