I’m currently downloading the first Violent Femmes record off Bittorrent. I’m downloading it (or at least, mentioning that I’m downloading it) because I’ve bought it at least once on cassette and twice on CD and it keeps disappearing. The same is true of The Cure’s Disintegration, which I’ve actually bought at least four times and downloaded at least twice.
Personally and professionally? I don’t feel even guilty about this. I’ve bought these albums — but over the years, my copies have vanished and been replaced and vanished again and I just want a copy for my iPod.
What’s your position on this? Is this even technically a violation of copyright?