I was very disturbed by Christopher Ortiz’ column in the July 16
edition of the Collegian. Ortiz spent most of his column
rationalizing why it is okay to download music without paying for
it. Toward the end, he says, “The moral of the story is it is up to
you to determine if downloading music is wrong or illegal.” It is
not up to the individual to determine if it is illegal, it is up to
Regardless of Ortiz’ personal views on the subject, copyright
violation is a federal offense, and it is irresponsible for the
Collegian to advocate violating the law.
In the second to the last paragraph, Ortiz points out Apple’s
online store where people can purchase single songs, but rather
than push for people to patronize Apple’s website, he suggests
people continue to steal music.
Professional musicians did not become professional musicians to
play music. They became professional musicians to get paid to play
music. If a musician has skills and talents that you value, you
should reward them accordingly and buy their music, not steal
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