When going for a long run, I like to listen to music. Ideally, I do so using an app like Spotify, where I can stream music for free as I go.
Unfortunately, my family lives on a very tight budget due to some crushing student loans and I have the smallest data plan possible.
So would it be a sin to download music from CDs I get from the library? While I know copying the files is illegal and immoral without purchasing those rights first (allowing for “personal use” downloading), my wife argues that the entire reason the CD is free (effectively on an unlimited basis due to liberal renewal policies) is because the CD was purchased via taxpayer dollars.
So would downloading music from a borrowed library CD be theft, or was the creator already fairly compensated for that right by taxpayers? Is downloading music from a library CD to a smaller device morally different than running with a (now outdated) skip-free CD player with the library CD inside?
Does any of this apply to free music on the internet?
Thanks in advance. I’m sorry if this is a “tired” topic, but I’m wrestling with it. I know it’s bordering on ridiculous, but I’ve gone to confession a few times in the last month and want to stay true to my intent to avoid sin.
May the peace of Christ be with you all.