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RobertImig_090707 - Intellectual Property Fair Use First...

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Intellectual Property, Fair Use, First Sale At the turn of the century there was a huge increase in the “digital era”. Along with this, downloading music exploded with popularity. The problem is that most of this downloading was done illegally through P2P programs, such as Napster and Limewire. The RIAA did not appreciate this at all as its first attempt at stopping it was to take out the source. (EFF 2) The EFF, a non-profit organization which helps to “protect [our] digital rights”, and the RIAA, representing the recording industry, have different viewpoints on how to solve this problem. (EFF web) The RIAA believes that there should be mass lawsuits filed, which “first launched its individual user lawsuits in the fall of 2003”. (RIAA Launches…) As for the EFF, they believe that these lawsuits are not working and have suggested an alternative which sounds attracting. They say that there should be a “get legit” solution which would allow for P2P sharing for a “reasonable regular payment”. (EFF 12) I believe this is a great solution to the
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