Is downloading music always sinful?


I know that breaking the secular law does not mean committing sin in every instance. For instance you can record a television show and watch it at a later time legally, but if you watch it a second time you have broken the law. A rolling stop is illegal as is exceeding the speed limit while going downhill. I don’t thing that breaking these laws are always sinful, are they?.

Anyway my question is about downloading music you already own. When you buy music you can make copies for backup/personal use legally. So I have some CD’s that have a song or 2 that have been scratched and I also had several CD’s stolen for which I still have the cases. I did not have all of these backed up and have replace these songs by downloading them form P2P networks or torrents. I also downloaded songs that I own on cassette and stuff that I have lost over the years. I am not 100% sure if my action was technically illegal or not, but I think it probably technically was.

Did I commit sin by doing this and am I committing sin if I do not get rid of this music?

I want to avoid sin but am worried about becoming scrupulous.



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