I heard a talk recently from a Catholic musician on the issue of music piracy, sharing CDs, etc.
For a long time I didn’t think borrowing a friend’s CD to import into your own music library was considered stealing, but I was wrong. A friend mentioned something like that to me earlier, but I stubbornly dismissed it.
This was a selfish act, because hundreds and hundreds of songs (probably the majority) of my library is music I got from friends. Two friends were the biggest contributors, and one of them seldom purchases his music. He downloads it off the internet and I get it from him (I didn’t really think about this until later, but I kept the music anyway).
So the question is, If I want to love God with all my soul, with all my strength, and all my mind, so should I simply get rid of all the music I got that I didn’t buy myself? Moreover, is the fact that I kept and listened to all this “stolen” music, since my collection is so expansive, a mortal sin?
My friends and I always saw it as expanding our interests and sharing bands we like. I’ve helped my mother copy and distribute worship/spiritual CDs to her Bible study friends (I don’t think either of us knew what we were really doing at the time).
It’s probably the Devil giving the illusion social pressures, but I feel so I’m always scared of appearing neurotic and uptight if I tell them that no, I got rid of it because it is stealing and not done with integrity (if they ever ask me how they liked the music they gave me)