I make no apologies for fighting for the rights of writers and artists to earn from their work and to be allowed to make decisions as to value and cost. So, I bring you perhaps the best, fullest, and most passionate and moving argument for why this is important.
Interesting point about fair trade coffee, too - it's why I created the idea of Fair Reading.
The end of the article goes to the heart and is worth quoting:
"Why do we value the network and hardware that delivers music but not the music itself?Please, parents and teachers, tell your young people. It matters. It's a moral issue.
Why are we willing to pay for computers, iPods, smartphones, data plans, and high speed internet access but not the music itself?
Why do we gladly give our money to some of the largest richest corporations in the world but not the companies and individuals who create and sell music?"
It's theft. And there are victims.