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Why not burn your CD collection? - Why not burn your CD collection?

2006-03-29 10:56

By "burn your CD collection", I don't mean set fire to it for religious or political reasons, like they did with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Hermanus, way back. I mean: Why don't we all just copy CDs - at R10 a pop - instead of going to a store and shelling out for the original? Surely the music is the point. If you burn a CD, you get all the songs.

So it's illegal to make copies of CDs? Look, we're all South Africans here. We know we'll get away with a little intellectual property theft. We're an entire nation of people who don't pay our TV licenses. We talk on our cell phones while driving! We accept that our car windows need replacing every few months! We know nobody gets caught breaking the law - after all, the police are hard at work stopping real crime... right? Ha.

So if the law's just a piece of paper, what is it that makes us pay for music?

For me it's the thrill of owning the Real Thing. The CD, with the lyric sheet, the colour picture, the nice jewel case, the printed disc. It's nice to touch. It looks good in the CD rack. And I love shopping for it too. I buy the CD for the same reason I buy real brand name jeans, instead of the fake ones from the flea market. The fake ones may be just as good, but they don't feel that good, 'cause I KNOW they're fake.

If you buy original CDs, is it because you want the real thing? Or is it a moral decision?

And if you just burn, baby, burn, are you ashamed of your criminal behaviour? Confess! Post a message under a false name and tell us everything.

Music is expensive if you come by it legally. And it's so easy to pirate CDs, we got to wondering why anyone pays for the real thing? What makes you shell out for the original? Is it fear of the law, moral principles... or?
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