Monday, May 28, 2012

A Little Different

So, she's still in jail. Yes, they reset her probation again, and at this rate, she'll be on it for the rest of her life, but the judge gave her a choice between serving her 0-5 year prison sentence or going to an inpatient rehab program. She chose the rehab option, but I don't have a lot of faith in her staying sober after she gets out of it, or even finishing it, really. Nothing's going to work for her until she's really ready to accept that she does, in fact, have a problem & that it's killing her. She also has to care that it's a problem that's killing her. Right now, she's so locked into her lies & manipulation that she can't see that she's the one in the wrong. Anyway, that's the latest that I know, she'll be in jail until they transfer her to rehab.

The other day, Troy & were talking about online piracy and whether it's any different than what we've all done over the years. I know he & I used to tape songs from the radio, albums or other people's tapes. I had a boyfriend who had access to one of those Multitrack Recorders and used to take an album & make a reel-to-reel recording of it, then another one onto cassette tape. Those were amazing recordings. That way, the album could stay safe & many copies could be made of the tape, so we didn't worry about wearing them out.

Nowadays, people burn mix CDs and give them to friends and family, download mp3s from torrent sites and all of that, but is it really that different? Is it really costing artists that much more money than it used to? In my experience, the people who have always resorted to any of these activities don't have the money to buy the music (or whatever) and would be borrowing it, or having a friend copy it or something as opposed to buying it anyway, so there's no money being lost there. I guess when people who can afford it & would have bought it in teh past resort to piracy then money is lost, but I just don't see that happening that often.

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