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Joined: 2006/8/25
Posts: 1658
Indiana USA



Music piracy is any form of unauthorized duplication and/or distribution of music including downloading, file sharing, and CD-burning.

Most of us would never even consider stealing something—say, a picture or a piece of clothing —from a friend’s house. Our sense of right and wrong keeps most of us from doing something so selfish and antisocial. Yet when it comes to stealing digital recordings of copyrighted music, people somehow seem to think the same rules don’t apply—even though criminal penalties can be as high as five years in prison or $250,000 in fines. Contrary to popular opinion, illegally downloading or copying copyrighted music is the same as stealing; there is no difference.

BOTTOM LINE : It's Stealing
Stealing music is the same as stealing anything else. It is illegal and the consequences are real - for you and for the music.

* Stealing music is against the law.
* Stealing music betrays the songwriters and recording artists who create it.
* Stealing music stifles the careers of new artists and up-and-coming bands.
* Stealing music threatens the livelihood of the thousands of working people—from recording engineers to Christian music retailers and their staffs —who are employed in this ministry.

Enjoy the music! But please respect copyrights. Stop burning multiple copies. Stop offering to upload music files to millions of users on the Internet. Stop downloading from unauthorized sites.

Music piracy doesn’t just affect the music industry, it affects you as well. When you use software that facilitates illegal downloads, you open your computer to unwanted pornography, security breaches, and viruses. Illegal downloading and file-sharing is also subject to federal prosecution. Here are a few facts:

* The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) can sue for as much as $150,000 per song illegally downloaded.
* Almost 2000 individuals have been sued by the RIAA for illegally downloading as of March, 2004.
* More than 400 individuals have settled, paying fines averaging $3000.
* The Department of Justice recently announced the creation of the Intellectual Property Task Force, which examines all aspects of how the DOJ handles intellectual property issues.

The explosion in illegal copying is affecting the entire music community. It has a very real and harmful impact on virtually everyone - from countless musicians, songwriters, performers, producers, recording engineers and others who use music as their platform for ministry.

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 2009/5/7 10:00Profile

Joined: 2005/5/9
Posts: 659


An aside: Nothing that is for the Glody of God (alledgedly) should be copyrighted. "Ministries" that want $6 for a CD and $65 for a CD set, and then say they are copyrighted are not biblical.

Christian "entertainers" and "musicians" need to ask themselves some serious questions about their pure motives for putting out what they do.

As well, a dear brother lent me an audio CD of David Brainerd's life from the words of his own diary. Some company then went out published it and now are claiming copyright. Tell me how you can go and copyright another man's own words from time past?

I commend ministries like Kent Hovind Creation Science Evangelism, Christ Our Life (worship music), Author Mark Cahill, etc who put their materials out with no copyright where it is for the free distribution for the furtherance of the Gospel. For example brother Hovind's creation science DVD's are non-copyright and I have seen the fruit of souls saved and blessed because we could reproduce and freely give them out.

Shame on those who are out to profit from the Gospel.

 2009/5/7 10:58Profile

Joined: 2008/5/23
Posts: 600
Monroe, LA - USA


Shame on those who are out to profit from the Gospel.


How can anyone think himself to be a servant of Jesus and DEMAND money for services??? How can such a person even THINK that he is following the example of Jesus???

Just a few verses on the matter:

Matthew 10:8 “ . . . freely ye have received, freely give.”

John 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves,[size=medium]Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.[/size]

Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
20 But Peter said unto him, [size=medium]Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.[/size]
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, [size=medium] that the word of the Lord may have free course[/size], and be glorified, even as it is with you:

6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.

Acts 20:33 "I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."

According to Paul, it is best for all ministers to support their own selves, and not even have to depend on others. Here in America, we have become SO "comfortable" with the tradition of ministries being supported by those being ministered to that we have "ministries" DEMANDING pay for their services!

O Lord, help us! Maybe we NEED extreme persection in this country to reverse such errors! Can you imagine an underground church worker in China DEMANDING pay for his services?

Michael Strickland

 2009/5/7 14:05Profile

Joined: 2009/1/16
Posts: 67
East Texas


Brothers and sisters, with all meekness and fear of the Lord I write this, not to say hurtful things against any, but to make a point.

Christian artists edify us with their beautiful compositions, and those musical recordings are not made for free, but cost tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars to record, produce and distribute. Studio time, the cost of building the studio, equipping it with state of the art equipment, studio musicians, producers, engineers, and then we go to the manufacturing aspect and the many people that make their living there. The artist is only a small piece of that price of the CD you buy at the bookstore.

If the artist openly stated that the CD is free, then it's not theft to copy and distribute. If they ask you to not reproduce their work, and you do, it's theft.

The Word tells us to prefer our brothers over ourselves. If I scream against spending a few dollars to buy a product that my brother has made and sells to make a living, is my brother at fault for requesting to be paid for his labor, or am I for the seed of greed that may be lurking in my heart?

I'd rather pay double for the CD than offend my brother and perhaps my Lord.


 2009/5/7 20:16Profile

Joined: 2006/2/11
Posts: 2895
Philadelphia PA


Hi everyone.

I'm very grateful for those who have made so much available to others without charge(Edit: with purity and integrity).

A short while ago I happened to see some music videos on a religous programing channel and the videos were very shocking. I recognised one of the songs that I had heard on the radio before and I don't think I would care to hear it anymore after seeing the video that the person made to accompany their song.

Offering simple and wholesome words in song to others, free of charge, is beautiful.

Christopher Joel Dandrow

 2009/5/7 20:42Profile

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