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Hollers 1 Victoria Hollers Shane McGowan English 1102 15 November, 2010 Is Piracy a Good Thing? In a world where technology is constantly changing, the music industry is striving to keep the integrity of music sales up. In addition, for every artist you see there are numerous amounts of people who have helped produce that artist and help to create the music produced by that artists. Those are the people who suffer the most when faced with an issue such as piracy, because it affects how long they will have their job, and if they will even have a job. In my argument, the illegal downloading of music harms the industry and pressures artists to produce songs that sell large quantities of albums. Although this argument can be based strongly on the idea that illegal downloading is morally wrong ,the reality is that most people ignore this fact because the repercussions are not enforced. On the opposing side of my argument the idea that file sharing can be used to have positive effects versus just negative effects is reinforced through new studies, the allowance of P2P programs still running, and the lack of attention to combat this issue. Piracy is an issue that has been affecting the music industry in a negative way and the actions required to solve this problem start with the individual. Although fire sharing started as a way to share files with other people in the world, the programs have negatively affected the music industry and how artists release their tracks. Most Hollers 2 record sales use to come from CD sales, where people bought the physical copy, versus today
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where people download songs for free that they should be paying for. This fee may not be very large, and the artist does not receive any substantial amount of money from the sale, but listeners should be required to pay for the music they download. In return, the artists have a field where they can create songs and release professionally produced tracks out to the public and not worry about the quality and value of the song depreciating due to the lack of protection from illegal downloading. Piracy is illegal, it is almost the same as going in to a store and stealing right of the shelf. At least, this is the way courts view this issue. There are prices to be paid for those who illegally share music that is not their own. The pirating of songs is illegal, but programs such as Limewire and Bearshare existing proves that this change will requires more action. In the previous month, Limewire was officially shut down for not being able to produce enough evidence that their services did not break the laws of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Eventually costing them as much as up to 1 billion dollars, as stated by Matt Rosoff from the Business Insider. The opposing of this case, the RIAA, has a goal to “ protect the ability of the recording industry to invest in new bands and new music and, in the digital space, to give legal online services a chance to flourish.”
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1102 taught by Professor Miller during the Fall '08 term at Georgia State.

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