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Are there harms in sharing music online? Yes, there are harms in online music sharing, if you do not abide by the copyright laws set by the Federal Trade Commission, it is considered copyright infringement.

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The Harms of Online Music Sharing are Exaggerated By: Chaconda Odum The Harms of Online Music Sharing are Exaggerated By: Chaconda A. Odum What is online music sharing? Online music sharing is the purchase or duplication of music online rather then purchasing the original. Are there harms in sharing music online? Yes, there are harms in online music sharing, if you do not abide by the copyright laws set by the Federal Trade Commission, it is considered copyright infringement. The top executives in the music industry are not happy with people sharing music files because the executives feel that file sharing is taking away from their profits from the music they have copyrighted. They are actually taking money away from the artists who actually created the music. The creators of the music have to sign a contract stating that the company owns the music even though they compose the music. The artist only gets a small percentage of the revenue. Executives are the ones getting all the profits. They are saying "with every file shared online that is one less CD consumers are buying". That is not the case. People who are sharing music online do not have the money to buy CDs anyway. ...read more.

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Copyright law only protects the particular form or manner in which ideas or information have been manifested, and is not designed or intended to protect the actual concepts, facts, styles or techniques which may be embodied in or represented by the ideas or information. In Lehman's terms, prior to 1978 without a copyright, any one can state claim on someone's work. Once a "work" has been performed or printed, other people who saw, heard, or read it could simply do their own performances. Print their own editions and keep all the money without paying a dime to the creator of the work. Since 1978, the laws have changed so that copyright lasted until a certain number of years after the author's death, which is a benefit to the creator, now the creator can outlive the copyright & the descendants can derive from the income also. Are the companies really a friend or foe? Who are the real thieves? It's pretty hilarious to hear record company executives and movie studio executives get all righteous about copyright. They've been manipulating copyright laws for years, and all the manipulations were designed to steal everything they could from the actual creators of the work. ...read more.

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I also feel that the artist is reaping rewards from the boot- legged/ online sharing/ pirate/ downloaded copies of music because once you hear or see the artist's work and it is awesome then, it is a must to have the "copy with the words, pictures and colors", basically the original! No, I don't think companies care about the money that the actual creators of the work are being deprived of when people copy the CD's. This is a selfish way of thinking, but if the artist would make "GREAT" music all the time. We wouldn't have to buy boot-leg CD's or pull their music from other places then wasting our money on a "dud" of a CD. In conclusion, online music sharing can become harmful if you don't pay attention to what you are downloading. If downloaded inappropriately, you can be considered as a "criminal" if caught. Read all instructions carefully before attempting to share online. Do not infringe on a copyright if you are prompted to leave that secure place, leave. Download Away!!! References: AIU Online Cybrary, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, "The Harms of Online Music Sharing Are Exaggerated" by Orson Scott Card, retrieved 12 August 2006 from: http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/OVRC E - Notes/ Viewpoints, Internet Piracy, retrieved August 4, 2006 from: http://soc.enotes.com/internet-piracy-article Encyclopedia, retrieved on August 4, 2006 from: www.encyclopedia. ...read more.

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