(…or else forgo it)
(EDIT: To be clear: Piracy isn’t theft, but it certainly is illegal. Please do not misconstrue: I do not condone piracy; this post is a lament at the extent to which the retail industries encourage or coerce consumers to pirate content. I am still looking for a legal way to buy the digital data I want, and in the meantime, I have Spotify…)
I want a single that came out 5 years ago. It’s available to purchase on iTunes …. in the USA.
I’m “not allowed” to give Apple money to buy that track, because my account was originally created when I was sitting in the UK. IIRC, even when I’m physically in the USA next month, I will still “not be allowed” to give them money for this (but … who knows? Apple doesn’t bother explaining this stuff to the normal consumer)
Switch to UK iTunes “mode”, and … Apple does not sell that track in the UK.
So, once again, the music industry would prefer that I go and rip the MP3 than that I *give them money*.
Do they care? Do they even know?
Of course not.
They will *never know* that I did this. They have no mechanism to allow me to *tell* them that I attempted a purchase – and was rebuffed. This would cost them nothing, but … they can’t be bothered.
Equally, when I rip the MP3, they’ll never know that I did. It has literally zero effect on their business. Because piracy is not theft: digital data is not physical property, and copying does not affect the original in any way.
Sigh. One day, the digital industries will grow up. I hope I’m still alive to see it.