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Here’s a sample of a clever comic commentary on copyright by Tony Esteves in his webcomic, Cigarro & Cerveja:

Comic: 'Cookieright' from 'Cigarro & Cerveja'.

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Consider, though, why recipes for food you can make with normal ingredients are not protected by any intellectual property regime. You can’t patent them, you can’t copyright them. And yet, recipes still get developed, because cookies are delicious.

Consider the same question about clothing and fashion — likewise protected by neither copyright nor trademark.

Certainly, there are reasons music is different. But is music so different that it deserves 100% lockdown?


A Law Student Somewhere

The analogy you make comparing recipes and clothing to music only works if you’re talking about taking the sheet music and lyrics for a song, and playing it yourself. Same recipe/pattern/formula, but your efforts produced the end result.

Downloading music is more similar to shoplifting an Armani jacket than it is to using a pattern to copy an Armani jacket.

— Lara

Yet it has little or nothing to do with shoplifting an Armani jacket. If one downloads a song, one simply makes a copy, and deprives whoever had the song of nothing – they may not get something in return, but they don’t have less as a result. Whereas shoplifting the Armani results in the store no longer having said jacket.

This is an important distinction – it doesn’t make music sharing right or wrong, it simply must be considered.

that’s ridiculous. Aside from the fact that as mentioned above, downloading prevents nobody else from BUYING it if they want to, and doesn’t prevent the original from being bought (since it doesn’t disappear).

some people download music as raw material in order to make more music. Others download it to check it out before spending money on the full album.

What does Armani have to do with it? it could just as easily be shoplifting a rubber band from the five and dime.. especially as far as the harm goes, statistically speaking as far as the quality goes.

plus buying a major label album fund the label and in many cases no money reaches the artist at all, and only strengthens the ability of the label to exploit artists for little or no money, so it is parallel to funding indentured musical servitude for thousands of newly-signed bands.

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