After putting away the file-sharing software for a while, I took it back out to download some legal material: recordings of live shows by trade friendly bands. Specifically, I’m currently obsessing over John Mayer, although I used to do a fair amount of tape trading (tapes!) for Dave Matthews Band shows.
Of course, although it’s perfectly legal when done according to each band’s/artist’s trading policies, just using BitTorrent on my computer makes me nervous because of my employer’s current policy on copyright complaints (for staff, three strikes you’re fired and my home network is currently on their network). Can the music industry really think it’s good to make its customers this paranoid, this scared?