|I no longer consider it illegal. How can it be, in this age? |
Seriously, it should not be illegal. Look at YouTube. There are entire bloody albums uploaded to YouTube, hundreds of them. Hundreds upon hundreds of entire albums, including compilations and live albums, to hear for free. Entire albums to download for free (using the several YouTube video free download services on the net), and no-one seems to be stopping it.
Not to mention, all of the band channels that upload songs with attached music videos. Every song that ever comes out makes its way on to YouTube before you can beat an eyelash. Every song, album, live performance, everything... it's all on YouTube. And Spotify. And all kinds of other places.
Music is so easy to hear and recieve these days that it shouldn't really be illegal in any fashion. I still like to buy music to support the artists though; I haven't stopped buying music, nobody has. It's just easier to get music for free. If one can with no consequences, one will.
The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) could have put a stop to it, but of course, it never went ahead. Nothing will stop the Internet - it is far too vast and powerful. Too powerful.
It's rather scary if you think about it.