My Love Will Not Let You Download

So, this whole three strikes and you’re out thing agreed between big music companies and Eircom. Let’s say their methods for identifying IP addresses work like a treat, and you’re a hapless illegal downloader with no idea about what sort of software you should install in order to keep the ratbags at bay. Unless you are plunged into some sort of moral crisis at the prospect of being caught, you’ll be developing a strategy for your final bouts of downloading fun. You might take a long term view: develop a wish-list over a period of months, years even, and then download everything in one or two foul swipes. Or you might just download all the stuff you wanted but never got round to. The latter doesn’t seem all that appealing: you probably already have everything you ever really wanted anyway.

I am not entirely convinced by the claims from the record industry that it was costing them some €140 million annually, not least because sound recording sales, at their 2001 peak, were worth €146 million. Last year, sales were €102 million. So for the claim to be correct, sales should really be €242 million, which is just daft. It implies that people these days would be spending nearly twice as much on records than they did eight years ago. 2008 was a good year for music, in my opinion, but it wasn’t that good. The reality is that lots of illegal downloading is performed by people who would never buy the record in a lifetime if it wasn’t available for free download.

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5 Responses to “My Love Will Not Let You Download”


  1. 1 COc January 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Also consider a scenario where eircom is forced to consider banning a large proportion of its customers, who presumably just decamp to a competitor. How are the music industry going to verify that eircom is really happily casting off their customers to competitors like this? All they’ll have is an IP address from an eircom block and no way of knowing if it’s the same person repeat offending. Sounds to me like the music industry has been sold a pup here. Stupid b***ards.

    In principle downloading an album form the torrents might be considered stealing, but so is finding a tenner at the bus stop and not handing it in to the Garda station. Should Bus companies be forced to spy on their passengers to stamp out and eradicate such pernicious behaviour? If they were, would you expect them to do a very good job at it?

  2. 2 Hugh Green January 30, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    All they’ll have is an IP address from an eircom block and no way of knowing if it’s the same person repeat offending. Stupid b***ards.

    That had never occurred to me.

    In principle downloading an album form the torrents might be considered stealing, but so is finding a tenner at the bus stop and not handing it in to the Garda station.

    In principle, finding a tenner and not handing it in is probably a lot worse, morally speaking. If you pocket the tenner and blow it on the latest piece of crap from Coldplay, you could be doing a poor and malnourished person out of a hundredweight of oats, if that is what the person who lost it was going to do with it. No such possibility exists with a music download.

  3. 3 coc January 30, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Yes. It has also occured to me that if I were to download a collection of 1’s and 0’s from the web I am not depriving anyone else of their collection of 1’s & 0’s. Talk about a victimless crime!

  4. 4 Flange January 31, 2009 at 4:57 am

    So when you get on the bus you were waiting for when you found the tenner, should you pay the fare? It doesn’t cost the other people on the bus any more if you don’t.

  5. 5 coc January 31, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Given that you’re already a tenner up, I’d say you should pay the fare. No sense in being greedy.


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