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music piracy - Trice 1 Andrew Trice English 100-04 Fall...

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Trice 1 Andrew Trice English 100-04 Fall 2007 Hartzell Music Piracy Would you ever steal a car? A purse? Or even a wallet? Have you ever downloaded a song for free? Contrary to what many believe downloading pirated music is just as serious as stealing a CD. Many people remember when Napster made its first debut in June of 1999. (McGuire) Everyone was overwhelmed with the notion that with a click of a button one could have virtually any song for free, in only a matter of minutes. Music piracy is a serious issue that should be closely examined in order to prevent further law suits, artists losing money and to promote an alternative to illegal downloading. Although this wonderful idea of free music seemed great at the time, the convenience and ease of downloading virtually any song you want is greatly outweighed by the serious consequences that come along with illegal downloading. Even with the help of the Recording Industry Association of America things need to be done to help stop this piracy epidemic. Since the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began its campaign in September of 2003 to stop the illegal downloading of music, the majority of the law suits that were filed have been towards college students. (McGuire) Studies have shown that people between the ages of 18 and 29, are the biggest down-loaders of pirated music on the internet. (Zernike) Dan Langlitz, a 20 year old junior at Pennsylvania State College spoke out on downloading music: “It’s not something you feel guilty about doing….You don’t get the feeling
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Trice 2 its illegal because it’s so easy.” (Zernike) Ann Morrissey, 19, told the New York Times that she had not even listened to all the songs she has downloaded. “I have 400 songs, I listen to 20,” she said. “I don’t know why,” she added, then laughed self consciously, and answered herself by
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