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Re: Google (play) Music and Piracy
I don't know if I have a full 2 cents worth, but I have an opinion.
I would have a problem if anyone deletes my content. All of my music is either ripped from CDs I own, or purchased from legitimate sources. For someone to delete my content is unacceptable. I would prefer that they report me to music companies than to delete content from my phone or tab. No company is going to waste money suing someone for a few songs... If I get a query from any music company, I will just tell them to come and look through my bins of CDs for my hard copy. It is up to them to prove piracy. it is not up to me to prove that I am legit. If I am sued, and need to hire a lawyer, I will make sure that their failed suit is followed immediately by one of my own to cover my legal expenses.
I strongly believe that copyright owners, artists etc, should be paid for their efforts. However, I also believe that copying and/or modifying content that I already purchased for my own personal use is fair use of the items I have purchased, regardless of media. I consider my purchase of music, videos, books, etc to be licenses to do whatever I please for my own personal usage. If anything is sold, given away, published or otherwise distributed, it opens up a whole new can of worms.
As a side note, I am donating some CDs I don't listen to, and for each of them, I am making sure to delete my related MP3 files. I believe that when I get rid of the original media, that I am also giving up my "license" to use the content.