Quote: Originally Posted by garbanzo
how is download a copy of a cd that someone else bought different than buying a used one? it's just a matter of scale...
When someone sells a used CD, the CD is given to the guy who bought it, no copy is made
unlike a download. It's a transfer
of possession. There is no net loss for the record company if the CD is given to another person. According to your logic, if I bought a "used" home, I should pay all those carpenters and architects again, even if it was paid before. Now, why should I do that? I thought I was just buying the home...
When selling a used CD, only one
guy keeps the music. One guy paid the record company already for that CD, so there is no loss. However with a download, now two
people have the music. In economics, there is really no difference in selling a used CD or giving the CD away as a gift. One person paid for the CD and only one person gets to keep it. When you're paying for a CD, you're paying the cost of allowing one person
to own that CD.
How is buying a used CD different from buying a used game? A used car? Or used clothes? Nothing
. You don't see people making a copy of their car and giving away now do you?