"Just because other thiefs steal, does not mean that you should steal."
I do not steal anything. It's absolutely legal to download from those web-sites, like vkontakte.
@ Ian G.
"Huh? This not strike you as somewhat traitorous?? What is it you do for a living?"
Calm down, my friend. I come from Ukraine. In here, nearly nobody actually buys LPs. The reasons of such actions are the following:
- It is not connected to absence of money or whatever... you can go through lots of music shops and no new Nazareth or any other old hard rock bands albums can be found. The best you can find usually - a bunch of classic albums of 70s. And far not always, by the way. The shelves are stuffed with modern rubbish. It means, you simply will not know where to buy the album, as they're not on sale in your town.
- The internet booking in many cases out here is totally ineffective. If you purchase an album from USA, you can receive it within a couple of months, but not a week. If you buy it from a local internet shop, there is a great possibility not to get your product at all. They will just tell you that there's a delay due to some transportation problems. And the delay may be prolonged as much as they want. In some cases e-commerce works, in some cases not. Sometimes you have to wait a lot. I do not think that you'd like to wait for months, or be fooled.
- The monetary policy and economic situation. 1 EURO is a really lot for Ukraine, especially after the revolution and the massacre in Kyiv in February. If one track costs 1 Euro, than an album might cost about 12. It's about 210-220 UAH by our credits. A student here receives a scholarship of 500-800 UAH, a usual salary is about 1500-2500 UAH. If everybody would buy everything legally in our country, most of Ukrainian internet-users would be homeless or live in total misery by now. So what do you advise us to do, mister? Die of hunger for an album? You can't imagine how terribly people live in Eastern Ukraine, especially now, when there's a war with terrorists in Donetsk and Luhansk. The powerty was awful in Eastern Ukraine since it has been an independent state. Please don't compare the situation with EU, where 100 EU is not money at all...
As for me, I've got a collection of several Naz and Deep Purple CDs, which I have bought abroad. I also intended to but RNRT, but not now. The reasons are above...