I have decided to purchase all of the music and movies that I "collected" prior to becoming an Objectivist. I realized that I would be guilty of violating the virtues of Integrity and Justice if I were to keep my collection and do nothing about it. Since I've already answered this question for myself I'm more interested in others giving opinions about what they have done and whether my plans to address the issue are correct. Also just wanted to ask the question because this topic almost slipped by me.
asked Jan 24 '12 at 20:12
Does throwing something stolen away make up for the crime? I don't think so. You still had the benefit of listening and/or watching those recordings.
If Integrity and Justice are your goals, it seems to me that what you should do is to buy the music and movies you stole (new copies from a legitimate source, so the producers/creators will receive a portion of the funds). After that, ripping music or video you've purchased for your own use is still legal, fortunately.
answered Jan 25 '12 at 04:39