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Downloading can actually help the music industry rather than destroy it. Introduction: Music has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. People can relate to the words, feelings and emotions that are put into each song. From happy to sad, angry to excited. Music can help relieve stress, bring back memories, and can be motivational, inspirational and spark creativity. This relation is what makes music as popular as it is. Needless to say, music is, in a way, a life necessity. Why should people have to pay for a life necessity? L. Music is constantly surrounding us. . It is the radio, b. Behind every movie, television and commercial. C. It is playing in stores and in restaurants, d. Either conscience or unconsciously, 98 % of people have a song playing back in their minds according to an article study in the New York Times Magazine. II. The progressions of distributing music. E. Thomas Edison can be the one to thank in order for making it possible to distribute music around the world for millions Of listeners. I. He invented the phonograph in 1877 which was one of the first ways of distributing sound f.

Listeners today now have their music stored on the computer, where each individual song is a file. With the help of peer-to-peer networks, this makes downloading music for free is very easy to do. Ill. The Recording Industry Association of America (ARIA) has been fighting a battle against music consumers across the country over the heated issue. G. The ARIA and record companies claim that downloading music is an infringement to intellectual property and deprives artists of their rightful share.

Arguing that that files downloaded are the work of the artist who made them, not public property. IV. Not all artists feel this way, however. H. Wired News interviewed front man Jeff Tweedy of the band Wilcox in November of 2004. Who disagrees with these claims completely. Piece of art is not a loaf of bread. When someone steals a loaf of bread from he store, that’s it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of music, it’s just data until the listener puts that music back together with their ears, their mind, and their subjective experience.

How the perceive your work, changes your work V. Theft and Lost Sales: When music files are shared the artists or copyright owners do not receive any compensation. Therefore, they believe sharing and copying files is stealing in the same way that shoplifting is. J. As if only downloading could somehow have been prevented, would it put stunning amounts of money into impoverished artist’s hands? K. This statement leaves room to wonder. Why does the music industry persist in saying that every download is a lost sale? Because it cannot possibly be true. Iii.

People, even downloaded, only have a finite amount of money. At times, sure they would have purchased a CD album but if stopped from downloading, would they troop our to the shops to buy these songs. L. Treating your audience like thieves is absurd. Anyone who chooses to listen to music becomes a collaborator. VI. Harvard Business School Professor Felix Abhorrer-Gee fount through their research that most music downloading is done over peer to Peer networks m. Mostly used by teenagers, and college kids. Groups that are “Money-poor but Time-Rich. Iv.

Meaning that they wouldn’t have bought the songs they down loaded. V. In that sense, the music industry cannot claim those downloads as lost record sales n. No, downloaded are not spending money on the music industry but the true volume of “lost” sales is nowhere near the claims made. VI’. Illegal downloading may help the industry slightly with another major segment. Not only is there a significant less amount of sales that generally assumed, but also with the ability to download music off the Internet, “Samplers” are created. . This in turn generates a new fan base.

Samplers are a crowd who downloads a song or two and then, if they like what they hear go out and buy the music. P. Other research shows that people do not download entire CDC. They download a few songs, typically the hits that would also appear on a Top 40 station. Vi. This suggests that peer-to-peer is much like the radio, a great tool to promote new music. Also being less costly to artists than the radio itself. VIII. By file sharing, many discover artists that would be impossible to discover otherwise. Thus generating fare more accurate album ales. Q. Boreholes research seemingly supported this as well.

The number of illegal music downloads continued to increase, but so did music sales. After the studies were done there is now very serious evidence that file sharing cannot explain the decline in music sales in past years. Music sales have been skyrocketing while file sharing has become even more popular. IX. Lawsuits ineffective: The ARIA has sued over 2,000 individuals as of 2004. R. Borehole comments that the Aria’s legal strategy is hopeless and just smacks of shortsighted panic. If the efforts to stop unauthorized USIA file sharing were successful, culture would be changed. . Tweedy equivocated it as this. ‘ ‘What if there was a movement to shut down libraries because book publishers and authors were up in arms over the idea that people are reading books for free. It would send a message that books are only for the elite who can afford them. Stop trying to treat music like it’s a tennis shoe. X. Technology is always changing and sooner or later everyone is going to have to adapt to this digital age. T. Downloading is where the music industry is going whether the ARIA and other opponents agree with it iii.

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