Like most of my peers in the 1980s, I thought of it as nothing seriously wrong. We desired the music, and there were ready suppliers plying the trade, by day and by night. After all, we paid for it.
I would buy a blank 8-track cartridge (later, compact cassettes), and drive down to a record shop in Penang Road, and then made my selections from a variety of LPs in the shop, and the latter would copy all the marked songs onto my tape.
I think it cost about 10 ringgit per cartridge. Everyone was happy (except the folks who produced the songs) – the shopkeeper was thankful and, I was delighted with my new set of “playlist”. I was more concerned with the music pieces being copied right, than with the copyrights.
Those were the days….