Free music ethics

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    Right now, I am copying my 250+ gigs of music onto an external hard drive for somebody.
    Ethical? Or not?
    Probably just about anything I've got can be heard on the radio for free or streamed over the internet for free if you find the right stations. Just not played at will.
    Is giving this music to somebody I love unethical because she can now play it at will?
     
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    How is making a "mixed tape" unethical? {The 2009 Version}

    So no, it's not.
     
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    Honestly, I really have no opinion one way or the other. I don't think it's unethical, it is illegal though. One of the times that the law is actually pretty stupid really, mainly because they just can't enforce it. As for the ethical side, music and all other art forms should be shared with everyone, though they need to make money most make plenty as it is. Some bands are now giving people the okay on copying their music without any thought to it, it's free advertising for their more profitable tours or live performances.
     
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    When you make a "mixed tape", you generally do it off of your own LP's, and/or other tapes...You know..The ones that you already own? :)

    If I own it, I don't mind copying it for someone.. But, on the other hand, I won't download it from the internet for use on an MP3 player if I DON'T own it, either..

    So, I guess, personally, unethical, at least in my opinion.
     
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    Much of what I have is from people that are either dead or don't do live shows anymore.
     
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    None of my music was downloaded for free off the internet.
     
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    So it's basically the "2009 Mixed Tape" version?

    Why would anything be wrong with that? :confused:


    Am I missing something here?
     
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    If I understand the law correctly, if you own it, it's not illegal for you to copy it for your own use.

    If you do not own it, it is illegal for you to copy and distribute it.

    I'm not sure how distribution works if you own it, but you're copying it for someone else. Music laws are a LOT different than they used to be...(Thanks, Lars!)

    So, if breaking the law isn't unethical to someone...
     
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    Well ... in that case I say give it out all you want (for those who are dead). The people who make money off that music are just leeches themselves and didn't make it, I don't think anyone but the person who wrote it and performed it should ever make a profit from it.
     
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    Well, since I paid for the external hard drive to copy to, it cost me to do this, I certainly didn't make a profit since I am giving it freely.
     

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