Re "Piracy May Keep the Beat From Going On," Commentary, Sept. 25: A message to Diane Warren concerning the downloading of music: The dike has sprung millions of leaks and it will soon collapse. Stop telling people to put their fingers in the holes. Technology has unlocked the doors to the record store, and those doors are never going to be locked again. It's up to the music business to invent a music distribution process that will become the new standard.
You can't bar a door that isn't there, so stop blaming the very consumer you've been gouging for so long for taking advantage of your uncreative shortsightedness. Learn to use technology for your own benefit and stop whining about what can't be undone. Inventive, creative thinking will unearth a gold mine for writers, artists, producers, publishers and record companies. This gold mine has never before been tapped, but it will soon enrich the music business because of the ease of availability of product for the average consumer, who has rarely stepped foot in a record store and never will. Welcome to the new world. Be part of the solution.
Amen! Warren's commentary took the resulting loss to the personal level to reveal that digital piracy is not victimless--and it is a crime. I can't believe the number of otherwise honest friends who speak about software they use and add proudly that "I never paid for any of it," like that was totally OK. I have heard all the arguments: Music is too expensive, record companies make enough, how do I know I will like it, I only wanted one song, etc. They all boil down to a rationalization for stealing. Try the same arguments for stealing a box of crackers and see if it passes your personal "smell test."