Legalise Filesharing

Filesharers have long been accused of stealing, with ad campaigns telling is that downloading a film is the equivalent of stealing a DVD.

That is simply not the case:

For a start, when filesharing one is not taking anything of material or intrinsic value. One is taking copying and taking a file, that is, a collection of 1s and 0s.

Digital media can be copied instantly and sent to anyone on the globe with an internet connection at incredible speed, free of charge. To allow large corporations to charge money for this sort of media is absurd; it's like making people pay for air.

The media conglomerates say that they are losing revenue. They are only losing a nominal sum of money. Truth be told it cannot be quantified, but let me just say this: someone who downloads a film or album free of charge, illegally, in 90% of cases would not have purchased it anyway. Therefore they are not depriving anyone of any income.

Films and music will always be profitable; there is such thing as a cinema and a concert. To say that a downloaded copy of a film or album is the same as a cinema showing or concert (which one must pay for to enter) is complete nonsense. To say that people will prefer the former to the latter is also nonsense; fans will always want the true, immersive experience you get in a cinema or concert.

Why is this idea important?

Filesharers have long been accused of stealing, with ad campaigns telling is that downloading a film is the equivalent of stealing a DVD.

That is simply not the case:

For a start, when filesharing one is not taking anything of material or intrinsic value. One is taking copying and taking a file, that is, a collection of 1s and 0s.

Digital media can be copied instantly and sent to anyone on the globe with an internet connection at incredible speed, free of charge. To allow large corporations to charge money for this sort of media is absurd; it's like making people pay for air.

The media conglomerates say that they are losing revenue. They are only losing a nominal sum of money. Truth be told it cannot be quantified, but let me just say this: someone who downloads a film or album free of charge, illegally, in 90% of cases would not have purchased it anyway. Therefore they are not depriving anyone of any income.

Films and music will always be profitable; there is such thing as a cinema and a concert. To say that a downloaded copy of a film or album is the same as a cinema showing or concert (which one must pay for to enter) is complete nonsense. To say that people will prefer the former to the latter is also nonsense; fans will always want the true, immersive experience you get in a cinema or concert.

Media Format Shifting (For Music, Films, Books etc)

Currently, it is against the law to "rip" a CD to extract its contents for use on a computer or MP3 player. The same would hold true for other entertainment such as DVDs and even for Paper books (to be scanned, converted to a suitable format and then placed on an eBook reader). These items are priced well in excess of their material cost, so the remainder is a fee for the license to enjoy the entertainment and recompense for the artist. Currently the law force one to repurchase the same entertainment rather than allowing a media shift.

I propose that media shifting ANY legitimately obtained item is made legal, and moreover, downloading ANY copy of an item you have legally purchased is also made legal. I have countless VHS tapes and compact cassettes which are now outmoded, damaged, or otherwise impractical to play, and I have no way of transferring. I would like to be able to continue to experience these without the need to purchase equipment or the items themselves again.

The license I paid for when I purchased these items does not state that I must gain the permission of the copyright owner, merely that it must be "authorised". Changing the law would give this authorisation.

Why is this idea important?

Currently, it is against the law to "rip" a CD to extract its contents for use on a computer or MP3 player. The same would hold true for other entertainment such as DVDs and even for Paper books (to be scanned, converted to a suitable format and then placed on an eBook reader). These items are priced well in excess of their material cost, so the remainder is a fee for the license to enjoy the entertainment and recompense for the artist. Currently the law force one to repurchase the same entertainment rather than allowing a media shift.

I propose that media shifting ANY legitimately obtained item is made legal, and moreover, downloading ANY copy of an item you have legally purchased is also made legal. I have countless VHS tapes and compact cassettes which are now outmoded, damaged, or otherwise impractical to play, and I have no way of transferring. I would like to be able to continue to experience these without the need to purchase equipment or the items themselves again.

The license I paid for when I purchased these items does not state that I must gain the permission of the copyright owner, merely that it must be "authorised". Changing the law would give this authorisation.