I own several games that I have lost the CD to, is it okay to download it pirated? I know in the eyes of the corporation it's not. I've bought many albums on iTunes but because iTunes doesn't sell the FLAC versions I'm now downloading them from TPB. I already own the stuff, I've bought it. But is it still illegal? There are many bands from the eastern nations who cannot sell their music in the western world, not even iTunes and the likes. Is it okay to download it because there just no other way to get it? Is it okay to download movies because you just don't care about it being illegal? Is it morally right to condemn a 16 year old girl to 10 years in prison for uploading one album on a torrent site?
Answer by nitrocrime · Aug 08, 2011 at 09:56 AM
As long as you have paid for the software and you've still got a genuine license you aren't pirating. Pirating starts when you use services like TPB to obtain digital content that isn't yours and you haven't paid for.
In your case you've lost a couple of CD's. If you've still got the CD Key (aka your license on that piece of software) you can download it where-ever you want.
Downloading the FLAC version of a paid album would (in my mind) be legal. But since company's ask more money for higher quality they could count this as illegal.
And putting a 16 year old in prison for 10 years just for uploading an album is just insane! People have uploaded way more than she did and never got caught and she get the full blow.
Answer by Cateye Productions · Aug 08, 2011 at 02:26 PM
I feel that if you own the product itself, or once owned it, it is okay to find it online, and download it. However, if you are too cheap to buy the product, and not support the company that makes it, then it is illegal, and you should be punished to the furthest extent of the law. The other day I just downloaded the game Sim City 4, off of a torrent website, because the disk is a bit messed up, in this case it is okay, but if I had done that without first purchasing the product, then it is not okay. This is just my opinion.
Answer by djmoore711 · Aug 08, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Wow! I counted five different questions in there. And, I'm sure no one is going to say that it's "okay" to participate in illegal activities.
I am neither condemning or condoning in the participation of torrent sites. Some people feel it is okay to do so, because you have purchased it before. But, think of this, what would you have done 10 years ago before the popularity of the P2P technology? But, I do agree that downloading something you already own (such as a game), as long as you have a Product Key, shouldn't be viewed as illegal. Direct2Drive is the same thing, except it uses a different protocol to distribute the content. Downloading something you do not have the rights to, or have not bought is not legal. P2P is great for large files, like OpenSource OSs like Linux distributions. The technology is not evil, it's all in how one uses it.
You can smoke marijuana, it has no harmful substances, and some might say it's good for you. Does that make it any less illegal? No.
And, earlier about the 16 year old girl; that is merely an emotional argument you are adding to this question, to pull at people's subconscience. She was well aware of what she was doing, so yes, she probably deserves punishment, but I do not agree with the severity. If a 16 year old girl willingly gets pregnant you do not feel sorry for her because of her decision. She now has to take the responsibility that came with her decision. To tie this all together, she chose to upload, and subsequently has to face some sort of punishment.
Remember that illegal is illegal, no matter how much or how little.
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