Illegal Music Downloading

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Ever since the start of illegal music downloading there has been an ongoing debate. As with any controversy, there are those whose positions stand at one end of the spectrum or the other and also those who are moderate or nonchalant. Many believe that downloading a song without paying for it is not only illegal, but also immoral. None-the less, people continue to download songs, rationalizing that the record companies are getting what they deserve after years of overpriced CD's or that the artists won't really miss the money. Some people are not sure what to make of the situation, sympathizing in some respects with either side. There are several proposed solutions to this problem, but it has become obvious that there is not easy or clear answer. However, I believe that it should be considered illegal. After recording companies experienced record losses over the last few years, contributed largely to this controversial practice, the record industry has made its position clear. They commenced to "take legal action against thousands of people for illegally sharing music files". They view this as the fist step to encouraging file-sharers to stop illegally downloading music. According to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), over “2.6 billion song files are unlawfully downloaded each month.” While the RIAA had substantial losses, they are not the only parties potentially harmed by illegal file-sharing. The artists who work to produce these albums, arguably short-changed from the beginning, are losing money as well. Recording artist Dave Matthews feels that "if you dig an artist that much, then you should want to help keep that artist alive by purchasing the actual recording.” As a matter of moral and financial significance, file-sharing is a considered a large threat to the entertainment industry. So, while the RIAA and many recording artists stand staunchly opposed to illegal downloading, people continue to download every day....
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