I bring this up because I have been frequenting the used curriculum boards and ebay. I saw this:
"Please take a moment to look at the awesome savings if you purchase this timeless collection. These are all in wonderful condition because they were all only used once in order to put them all onto my MP3 player so I can listen to them on the go. This shipment will be mailed only after funds are deposited through Paypal because it is a large amount. Please be reminded of the savings you receive but buying here. God Bless and happy bidding!"
They might be saving someone money, but what about the people who are out of jobs? Now, we've experienced unemployment in this home. In this economy, we aren't helping each other by pirating CD's, either ones you sell or ones you borrow. Piracy might be putting some one out of a job somewhere, be it in the store, studio, warehouse, anywhere along the supply chain. Piracy is making one OR more illegal copies.
One credible analysis by the Institute for Policy Innovation concludes that global music piracy causes $12.5 billion of economic losses every year, 71,060 U.S. jobs lost, a loss of $2.7 billion in workers' earnings, and a loss of $422 million in tax revenues, $291 million in personal income tax and $131 million in lost corporate income and production taxes. For copies of the report, please visit www.ipi.org.
You can read more here, too. That is for music alone. I'm sure it's much, much worse in the paper world.
Now, here's my rub. I have loaned friends CD's before. I can't control if they copied them and I have stopped lending them out because I paid for them and they did not. So, they are stealing from me when they take that CD home and burn it or copy it. I will not purchase used CD's anymore from the Internet or from anyone else, for that matter, after seeing this. It's a hard thing to do because everything does cost more these days. Perhaps it is because of things like what I found above that drives the prices up on CD's. Buyer or lender beware! I don't want to be a party to breaking the law or sin.
Ed. note: Someone emailed me this on the very topic of copyright infringement: Ultimately (and I am reminded of that poignant scene in Cinderella Man where the Dad admonishes his son for stealing bread when their family was destitute during the depression) our economic situation should not compromise our morals or ethics.