Downloading Music After Hard Drive Failure
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 20 May 2012, Question 4
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 20 May 2012, I answered a question on downloading music after hard drive failure.
Does respecting intellectual property require me to re-purchase my music collection lost due to hard drive failure? Over the years I have purchased quite a bit of digital music and have built quite a large library. Recently, due to a computer crash and lack of backup, a large segment of that library was erased. Since I paid for all of the music that was lost, I would like to restore it, whether by copying from my friends or by downloading illegal copies from the internet. But I am not entirely sure what I have the right to do based on my original purchases. What do you think?
My Answer, In Brief: It's perfectly moral to obtain new copies of intellectual property that you've lost, but be careful about your choice of means: obtain the lost files from friends, not piracy-peddling web sites.
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