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Internet digital piracy in the music industry.

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(Criterion A) Describing the Issue In today's digital world piracy is a major issue because it has a deep social impact, on both the economy and the intellectual property (which is becoming easier to steel every passing day in today's digital world). The sector which has mostly been affected by piracy, is the music industry. The music industry refers to: the record companies, artists, producers, publishers and all of their employees. Music pirates benefit from the loss of the record companies. The United States loses each day one million dollars, only due to off-line piracy. According to the RIAA, the industry loses about $4.2 billion to piracy worldwide (And these figures only include physical products)1. "Music piracy is the illegal duplication and distribution of sound recordings".2 There are four specific categories of music piracy: pirate recordings, counterfeit recoedings, bootleg recordings and the online piracy. (Criterion B) It Background of The Issue The vast music piracy which occurs today is directly linked to the developments in technology which make it easier for music products to be copied and distributed. This is in reference to the introduction of the compact disk (CD) and the mp3 format. A CD is a polycarbonate with one or more metal layers capable of storing digital information.3 The compact disc has brought many advantages to both the music industry and the music listeners, CDs are smaller, lighter and have a higher sound quality which does not deteriorate over time. ...read more.


Record companies and artists stopped making as much money as they used to through the sales of their music. This is because each sale by a pirate represents a lost legitimate sale, depriving of profits as mentioned before not only the record company, but also the artist, producer, publisher, retailer e.t.c.. Piracy also has an impact on the consumer himself, because most pirated products are generally poorly manufactured and do not include the superior sound quality, art work, and the information included in a legitimate product. People which buy legitimate products, have to pay more money because record companies raise their prices in order to compensate for the money they loose from piracy. The RIAA provides figures which show that the industry loses about 4.2 billion dollars to piracy worldwide. However these figures are over inflated because it is inferred that people which buy pirated copies of CDs would have the money to buy a real one. The truth is that many people resort to pirated CDs since they can not afford an authentic one, just like with clothes. Honest retailers lose also loose because they can't compete with the prices offered by illegal vendors, which means less jobs because of the smaller profit. In order to keep their profits record companies raise their prices, however this has proved to be unsuccessful technique because the only thing that was done was to make more people start downloading songs without a copyright ...read more.


Another way of solving this problem which is already in use by some record companies would be to create CDs which can not be used in computer a computer CD-rom, this will drop the rate of online piracy because the files on the CDs will not be able to be turned into mp3s and be distributed over internet. Copying using a CD by using a CD-writer will also be more complicated because the CD-rom won't be able to seed the CD. Unfortunately CD-pirates found ways of getting around this type of CD protection, and in the end the only one which lost is the consumer which can not listen to his music using his computer. In the end any type of encryption will be decrypted and the truth is that it is just a matter of time. This is why in my opinion I think that the first solution is more plausible and is easier to achieve. Being realistic we have to admit that piracy will always exist and that there is no solution which can stop piracy, however it is important to find ways in which you can keep some margins to the level of piracy. (Criterion E) Selecting and Using Sources 1. http://news.com.com/2100-1023-217284.html?legacy=cnet 2. http://news.com.com/2100-1023-216764.html?legacy=cnet 3. http://soundbyting.com 4. http://www.riaa.org/Protect-Campaign-3.cfm 5. http://www.riaa.org/Protect-Campaign-1.cfm 6. http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/c/compact_disc.html 7. http://www.riaa.org/Protect-CDR.cfm 8. http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/M/MP3.html 1 http://www.riaa.org/Protect-Campaign-3.cfm 2 http://www.riaa.org/Protect-Campaign-1.cfm 3 http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/c/compact_disc.html 4 http://www.riaa.org/Protect-CDR.cfm 5 http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/M/MP3.html 6 http://news.com.com/2100-1023-216764.html?legacy=cnet 7 http://www.riaa.org/Protect-Campaign-3.cfm 8 http://soundbyting.com ...read more.

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