Originally Posted by Lelu74
So if I pay a tax on a cd that I use for backing up my photos because the record companies have petitioned to offsett their losses from downloading is that considred stealing. After all I am being indirectly taxed for the music I download.
If I'm correct, you are asking if a record label got legal permission to receive taxes every time you by a blank CD (the same way every state receives state taxes) would that be stealing if you used the CD for something besides music. If I'm correct, let's call that the "record label tax" that would be shown on your receipt along with state tax.
My answer is no because you could have used a USB drive instead. No court in it's right mind would attach a "record label tax" to something that diverse. I also doubt they would extend it to internal or external hard drives since you can't prove someone will use their computer for the sole purpose of ripping off music companies. The same can be said for blank data disc, memory cards, SD cards, and every other form of electronic data storage other than blank music CDs.
However, the question is moot becaues a "record label tax" would never exist. Mainly because a tax has to go to the right source consistantly. Since monopolies are illegal, all the record labels can't join forces to make "The Label" and claim ownership of every song every released by every label. Also, no one record label company can prove it was their music that was stolen and not recorb label B's music. Since "The Label" can't form to own all music and no one record label company can prove that a blank CD was brought just to steal their music, such a petition would be dead before it reached a law maker.
Edit: I know this is is complete derailment of the thread, but since the qouted post confused so many people I felt like taking a stab at it. Derailment Police, please forgive me. XD