Is it wrong for a Christian to copy or burn CDs? I have heard conflicting views on the subject and I was hoping to get some help here.
If you're copying a CD so that another person doesn't have to buy it, then you are taking money from the artist/software writer that rightfully belongs to him or her. It's stealing. If you're burning a copy of something you bought for your own backup purposes, then you haven't hurt anyone because you paid for it.
The issue is, If I didn't have a CD burner, would I have to buy the CD to get what I want? If the answer is yes, and you're using the equipment to avoid paying for it, then it's wrong.
Dr. J. Budziszewski has a wonderful column in Boundless e-zine on this: http://www.boundless.org/2005/articles/a0000783.cfm
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Sue Bohlin is an associate speaker with Probe Ministries. She attended the University of Illinois, and has been a Bible teacher and conference speaker for over 35 years. She is a frequent speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) and Stonecroft Ministries (Christian Women's Connections), and serves on the board and as a small group leader of Living Hope Ministries, a Christ centered outreach to those dealing with unwanted homosexuality. Sue is on the Bible.org Women's Leadership Team and is a regular contributor to Bible.org's Tapestry blog. She is also a professional calligrapher and the webmistress for Probe Ministries; but most importantly, she is the wife of Dr. Ray Bohlin and the mother of their two grown sons. Her personal website is suebohlin.com.
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