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  1. Amy Alkon says:

    Regarding the MIT student: The point is, unless they’ve got the wrong girl and she never downloaded a tune, we’re to assume the girl stole music. People all laughed at me for not doing it and look in wonder at me when I won’t go downtown with them to buy knockoff Chanel, etc, handbags on Santee Alley. (I used to live by the handbag dealers on NY’s Canal Street.)

    You can’t be against lacking corporate ethics but all for lacking consumer ethics. And how much money Madonna makes or record companies make is immaterial. The music belongs to them. They can sell it for whatever price they want, and all we can do is choose not to pay for it. Moreover, it’s theft to buy designer knockoff handbags. Again, if Miuccia Prada wants to sell ugly nylon bags for hundreds of dollars and if there are idiots out there who will pay her for it, that’s her business and theirs. The bags belong to her.

  2. Ben Popken says:

    Legality of file-sharing aside (just because it’s illegal doesn’t mean it’s wrong), c’mon, it’s an college student!

  3. Nick says:

    “It’s theft to buy designer knockoff handbags”? Not to the best of my knowledge. It may be trademark infringement to _make_ them, but as far as I’m aware, buying them is perfectly legal. What are you stealing, exactly?

  4. Bubba Barney says:

    ‘Stick a Fork in It, It’s Done Department’ – I dig it. I said the lawsuit would probably kill Blockbuster on my blog as well.

  5. Amy Alkon says:

    You’re stealing the work of the designers they’re knocking off.