Steal This MP3 File: What is Theft? By G. Anthony Gorry
With so many Internet users currently sharing music, The Recording Industry Association of America considers downloading music from websites stealing. Yet people who are downloading mp3 for free think it’s not because they are downloading shared copies of mp3’s. Companies like Sony sell computers with ripping and burning capabilities, MP3 players, and other devices that gain much of their appeal from music sharing. So what is theft? Treating customers like thieves is a certain recipe for failure.
Audience: people who download music from websites for free, and people that share their music for free on the internet. Purpose: - His purpose is to show the difference between stealing and sharing. Even though selling or downloading Copyright files is illegal, the youth and people who are downloading mp3 for free thinks it’s not because they are downloading “copied” files. His Argument: - To what extent is coping stealing? Nowadays kids are the information age. They shape their worlds with technology. With having so many internet users, it’s hard to prevent people from downloading music. His Writing:-+ Author Anthony Gorry explains how Protective technology cannot undo the changes that previous technology has caused...the technology of sharing is too widespread. +He uses examples such as; how The Recording Industry Association of America… filed lawsuits against four college students, seeking huge damage for “an emporium of music piracy” run on campus networks. +He shows both sides by saying that nowadays kids are built with the technology and they think downloading music is not stealing. He also shows that the music industries are not doing much to prevent sharing mp3’s; they should focus more on users instead of courts and technology. -He doesn't explain what digital millennium copying right is? -He uses examples of songs, " Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way?... Oh, what’s the...
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