This is a post I’ve been thinking about writing for a while, but was spurred on today by this article in Plugged In Online‘s newsletter. As we try to model honesty to our children, we focus on watching our words, giving back extra change at the grocery store, not cheating on our taxes. But what ripping off your friend’s CD to your mp3 player? What about watching a movie or show on YouTube that’s not posted legally? It might not seem like a big deal, but it’s stealing.
I think a lot of Christians are just unaware that copying another person’s music is illegal. But it is high time to become aware. I would challenge you to get rid of all music in your collection that is copied from someone else. As an artist, I make money off people legally buying my work. I would be very upset if our stock footage was being copied from production house to production house – it would be stealing money from me. When you copy, say, the newest Third Day song from your friend, you’re stealing. Plain and simple. Model a high example of honesty for your children. Help them to understand copyrights and the importance of honesty even in the context of the internet.
Do you agree? Disagree? I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on this important issue.