A little while ago I got slagged pretty well by our esteemed commenters for the practice of watching copyrighted material on websites that were not authorized to show it. It was a pretty good discussion that I learned a lot from. I thought about these conversations last week while I was cleaning up my basement.
I came upon a pile of old music CD’s and video tapes in the VHS format. I really have no use for CD’s anymore since all the audio I listen to is XM radio. The $13 per month has saved me tons of money since I really don’t have to buy CD’s anymore.
In the past I always took my old CD’s to the used CD store and got .50 or $1 for each and was happy. I never thought anything about it. But isn’t this contributing to an industry that is literally taking money out of the pockets of artists and record companies?
I am famous for scouring garage sales for used books that I can get for .25 or .50 each. But this way, no royalty is paid to the author or a publisher. This practice to me is identical to my thought pattern of watching the content on unauthorized websites. To review, my original thinking was that even though the content was copyrighted it was OK for me to watch it since the content (Muay Thai kickboxing) was more than likely not to be ever available here in the US since MT is not a popular sport here (I have since discontinued this practice). Along these lines, is it OK for me to pick up a .25 book at a garage sale? The chances are literally zero that I would ever find or read most of these books that I find at garage sales or discover the authors – but I am in essence doing the same exact thing by finding a secondhand copy of a book for basically free.
To be honest, I will not be discontinuing my practice of purchasing secnondhand books, this is merely a thought exercise.