Pirating Songs of Praise: SouthFlorida.com

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Regina Kennedy prides herself on being a good Christian, so when the pastor at her Pentecostal church in Delaware called it a sin to download gospel songs without paying for them, her heart began to race.

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Choice

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Oct 10, 2006
 
Why not have the artist do a song or two that can be downloaded for free? Since it is suppose to be ministry anyway, give something back. Don't let it all be for the dollar bills.
BUCKFUSH

Cincinnati, OH

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#2
Oct 10, 2006
 
Who cares? Gospel music sucks.
ARJ

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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#3
Oct 10, 2006
 
When I was a kid bands were giving away demo's like they were going out of style, just to get the word out. There was a lot of tape trading and tape copying back then. Now we have computers and it's easier, but certainly not new. So what's the difference? Was the music industry up in arms back then? Nope, because that's how bands like Metallica made their fortunes. Now, everyone from Grandma to your average 4 year old can download music. It's a good thing too because if a decent band puts out a 12 song disc usually about 3 songs are good. Who wants to plunk down $14 for 3 songs?

Also, after I downloaded all my CD's to my computer, what the heck am I supposed to do with them? Why buy more? They just take up space. It's not like I can plug my iPod into my CD player or anything.

Instead of spending their time suing the file sharing public, the RIAA should ask the bands to start putting out solid albums all the way around so people will actually be willing to spend their hard earned $$$$.
y6d3498i8

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#4
Oct 10, 2006
 
"Some of the kids chew on the debate for a minute but then swallow it with a shrug: "They're teenagers and they say,'It's what I want to do,' and that sort of flattens the argument for them, just like with anything.""

That has been the result of relative morality in this country.
ARJ

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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#5
Oct 10, 2006
 
Choice wrote:
Why not have the artist do a song or two that can be downloaded for free? Since it is suppose to be ministry anyway, give something back. Don't let it all be for the dollar bills.
Most bands have some freebies on their My Space pages.
Moving

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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#6
Oct 10, 2006
 
What a ridiculous waste of an article
DGima

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#7
Oct 10, 2006
 
Lol, p2p is NOT stealing -.- God loves p2p cuz people helps people to find stuff that they need and cant afford. ;)
Bjorkfan

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#8
Oct 10, 2006
 
So many times there's only one song you like on an entire CD. A "custom made" record label where you picked the songs is an interesting idea.
Kyled

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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#9
Oct 10, 2006
 
If it's true Gospel music then it is supposed to be the word OF THE LORD. His word. If you are making profit off of the LORDS word, you are stealing from GOD.

RIAA execs don't care if it's Gospel or Satanic. They want the money.

The artists should try to get thier music out and cover the costs of production like how the church does, by voluntary donation. Any Gospel Artist that has a problem with thier music being obtained free is not a Gospel Artist.
BUCKFUSH

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#10
Oct 10, 2006
 
The "Christian" music industry is a corrupt and money-grubbing as the churches. If I believed in Hell I'd hope they all go there.
CLC

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Oct 11, 2006
 
BUCKFUSH wrote:
The "Christian" music industry is a corrupt and money-grubbing as the churches. If I believed in Hell I'd hope they all go there.
You are a very ignorant person. It's obvious that you do not have any sort of religion in your life. You need to seek the Lord and He can give you guidance.
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Oct 16, 2006
 
It's clear that most of you are ignorant about recording artists.
After spending hundreds of hours writing & recording and tens of thousands of dollars on recording, producing, mastering, duplicating, and promoting their music, you expect artists to be indifferent about people getting it for free?
'Christian' artists or not - unless God is supernaturally paying their rent, utility, and grocery bills, musicians need to make money from their career.
BUCKFUSH

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Oct 17, 2006
 
CLC wrote:
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You are a very ignorant person. It's obvious that you do not have any sort of religion in your life. You need to seek the Lord and He can give you guidance.
No. I just don't take YOUR word about God. Religion is a big business and people like you support it.
Dinah

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Oct 18, 2006
 
I have made a study of this, though in recent years copyright law has become quite complicated.

The bottom line is this: It is up to the individual artist if he/she wants to publically share his/her-
get this now--INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

These laws have been in force for centuries and evolved over time. They are to PROTECT those who make their living as artists.

Now, suppose someone decided that they should not have to pay YOU for YOUR work because they decided that your work wasn't worth it, or because you considered their work 'a luxury'? Think about it.

God's word should be preached freely granted; but a song is not God's word. GOD is the author of his own word. We are merely stewards of it.

A religious song is STILL intellectual property and deserves to be rewarded by copyright protection. That means that a THIEF should be charged and have to pay for whatever was STOLEN.

One way to make sure that another work of art is never done, published or sung is to KILL copyright by making it so no one will be able to make a living that way. This kind of WORK takes time and more creative energy than most people have time or talent for. If you want to assure that people have a drab, lifeless existance, by all means STEAL their intellectual property.

I highly recommend listening to the song by Dire Straits " Money for Nothing". ALL of it.
Dinah

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Oct 18, 2006
 
BUCKFUSH wrote:
The "Christian" music industry is a corrupt and money-grubbing as the churches. If I believed in Hell I'd hope they all go there.
And how would you know that? Are you intimately involved with it?
Dinah

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Oct 18, 2006
 
gjG wrote:
It's clear that most of you are ignorant about recording artists.
After spending hundreds of hours writing & recording and tens of thousands of dollars on recording, producing, mastering, duplicating, and promoting their music, you expect artists to be indifferent about people getting it for free?
'Christian' artists or not - unless God is supernaturally paying their rent, utility, and grocery bills, musicians need to make money from their career.
How nice to meet a kindred spirit in this area.
Is this profession a dying breed?
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Cincinnati, OH

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Oct 18, 2006
 
Dinah wrote:
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And how would you know that? Are you intimately involved with it?
Yes, I've produced several CDs.
BUCKFUSH

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#19
Oct 18, 2006
 
So, it's harder to get rich off religion. Who cares?

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