Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Taking away freedoms, one at a time

We all know, deep in the recesses of our souls, that sharing music online is technically stealing. Many continue to do so due to the fact that the majority of music being sold today simply isn't worth the $14.99 or more charged for a CD containing 12 tracks. With the chance that two tracks at the most are worthy of hearing, the consumer has essentially paid $7.50 per track for this CD with the remaining 10 songs being filler material.

Online music shops such as iTunes and a host of other clones have sprung up with the ability to download one track, or in the case of iTunes an entire album at a discount, at a time for 89-99 cents each. I use iTunes and own an iPod and an iMac. You don't have to even have a Mac to use iTunes. In my opinion, it's a great program. Easy to use, simple, sleek, all-in-one. I don't share music online either. That leads me to the meat of the story.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that could allow criminal charges to be brought against individuals who participate in file-swapping Web sites or networks. It fails to define whether sharing or downloading - or both is punishable. It also circumvents exactly HOW they intend to obtain your personal information as many ISPs have been reluctant to share information about their customers.

I am not afraid as I have nothing to be afraid of. If they really want to find something about individuals, they will do so. In today's America and the digital age, something ALWAYS shows up. Nowhere to hide but as an innocent, there is no REASON to hide. Keep living and fight for what you believe in.

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