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Nothing, if you believe the RIAA-scripted talking points regurgitated by our friends at Everyday Christian:

Under current copyright legislation, downloading music for free is definitely theft under letter of the law.

Although I really shouldn’t expect someone writing on a site called “Everyday Christian” to be able to accurately describe the world, I can’t resist pointing out that his post would be truer if he’d said “Under current copyright legislation, downloading copyrighted music for free is possibly theft under letter of the law.

However, accuracy is not really on the agenda:

One credible analysis by the Institute for Policy Innovation concludes that global music piracy causes $12.5 billion of economic losses every year, 71,060 U.S. jobs lost, a loss of $2.7 billion in workers’ earnings, and a loss of $422 million in tax revenues, $291 million in personal income tax and $131 million in lost corporate income and production taxes.

I think he means this analysis, which is credible on the subject in much the same way that the Discovery Institute is credible on evolution and science.

Now where on earth would a Christian learn to be so trusting of leaders making self-serving, apocalyptic predictions? Where would he get the idea that regurgitating their press releases was an intelligent form of discourse? I have no idea.

Piracy is never going to end. Although our kids rarely listen, we must continue to teach them that digital theft is indeed theft, in our law and in God’s law.

Really? In god’s law? Because I’m pretty familiar with the Bible, and I think I’d remember if god ever mentioned copyright. I remember him mentioning genocide and widow impregnation and genital mutilation. But not copyright or downloading or digital music.

Or perhaps he justs mean that because “current copyright legislation” supports it, that the “Render unto Caesar” principle makes it god’s law. That would be kind of awesome, as it would imply that god’s law also prohibits

It is tough to understand why god would care about all these things. Then again, it’s tough to understand why he would care about whether your clothing is made of mixed fibers either.

Anyway, most likely god just wants strong copyright laws to promote the “progress of useful arts” like Carman music videos:

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Rock and roll contains a proud tradition of girl bands, including Josie and the Pussycats, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits, Barbie and the Rockers, Barbie and the Sensations, The Chipettes, and Girls Aloud.

Looking at that list, one thing jumps out immediately. None of those bands are made up of Orthodox Jewish women! (Misfit Pizzazz, despite her JAP-py behavior, is in fact a Calvinist.) There are lots of possible explanations for this, many of which involve Cat Stevens, but the most likely is that Orthodox Jewish men are not allowed to listen to women sing.

After years of Rabbinic debate, the members of would-be-girl-band Ashira found a solution: ladies night:

Ashira has booked bars that lock out all men on nights they perform. Their Hebrew songs all revolve around biblical themes. Their forthcoming album will include a warning label against men opening the disc.

Because I like to be helpful, I have gone ahead and made a warning label for them:

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