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ENGL 1310 Essay 2 - Carmichael 1 Jeff Carmichael Dr Kendra...

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Carmichael 1 Jeff Carmichael Dr. Kendra English 1313 22 Oct. 2007 The Music Industry – Spiraling Downhill Thanksgiving is over and you are now in the holiday mood, but there is just one thing missing; you don’t have a holiday CD for your car. How do you handle this situation? Sometimes it’s as simple as going to the local Wall-Mart and purchasing a CD. Unfortunately, many Americans choose to steal the music. However, they are not destroying the music industry by shoplifting. Instead they are destroying it by illegally downloading content that they desire off the Internet. Downloading free music off of the Internet is illegal, and many people are not aware of the damage they are causing. The majority of the public is not educated on the topic of “Illegal File Sharing” and not aware of the copyright laws. If you were able to download your favorite songs for free via the Internet, why would you need to go out and purchase a CD? Rationally thinking, you would not need to. It is free and many people don’t want to pay for something that they can get for free. Technically speaking, it is a federal crime that is punishable up to three years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. How should the music industry handle this kind of situation? Due to the fact that there are many companies within the industry, they have a trade group – The RIAA – that does all of the work. According to the RIAA’s website, “The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its mission is to foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes
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