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File Sharing Controversy Cory With new technology and advances in culture brings with it the burden of new conflicts between the creators of that technology and the people who utilize it. One of theses conflicts today is the downloading and sharing of copyrighted music by means of the internet. The conflict therein lies; should artists or corporations seek legal action against those who download their work without express permission? In examining this question there are many arguments for and against. Some would say that the media is copyrighted and therefore belongs to the producers. Others would say that media is created to be shared, not sold. But I feel that when we delve into this question, the answer is no. No, music is created for people and it’s those people that it belongs to. Without music, I feel expression by others takes a big hit. People need to be able to share their music but more importantly their experiences, their love and their fear. They need to be able to share themselves. Lets start by talking about what all this means. What is downloading? Downloading is defined as the transferring of files from a server or a database to one’s personal computer or device. What is file sharing? File sharing is the act of contributing to the vast databases of information and granting access to others to utilize that information. But when you are dealing with the policing of media you have to understand intellectual property rights. Intellectual property is an umbrella term used for various legal entitlements which attach to certain types of information, ideas, or other intangibles
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in their expressed form. That being said, how does the music industry make their money? Well, an artist will create music under a contract usually by a production company. That production company now owns the rights to that music with the intention to either sell or distribute at their will. The problem then, is when people who have rightfully purchased this music, make it available to others online who haven’t paid for it. The most notable example in the past has been Napster in 1999. But since that and before there have been countless suits against file sharing companies, people utilizing these companies and suits against music piracy itself. However, Napster was the first file sharing network to make music available cost free as well as virtually risk free. And thus begins the struggle between music producers and consumers on the grounds that each believes they’re right. Music is made for the people. So rightfully it is the people to whom that music
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