Why Music File Sharing Should Be Legal

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A. How many of you guys ever listened to downloaded music? Of course you have, who hasn’t? I remember back in the early 2000s when you could go to the record store and buy singles, right before they started to phase them out forcing people to buy full albums. I also remember a time that I went to the store to buy some singles, and I realized that they were no longer being sold, so the only alternative was to buy the album, which I couldn’t afford since I wanted songs from several different artists. So I went home and downloaded one of the peer-to-peer application’s called Kazaa and started downloading music. I was thankful I made that decision because most of the songs from the albums weren’t my style. I quickly realized the convenience and freedom associated with downloading music online. B. I’m talking about this because I think piracy is despised and people should be enlightened to how good piracy can be. C. It is important to acknowledge that we’re in a recession; music is therapeutic. People shouldn’t be deprived of enjoyment or a means to release stress due to lack of money. D. Today I’m going to be talking about piracy and how it can be used beneficially. [Getting penalized for violating piracy laws can be a costly mistake.]

A. The problem is that piracy is strictly prohibited.
1. Currently, the piracy laws are very strict and closed-minded to the concept of downloading music illegally or distributing music without the authorization of the owner. 2. According to a September 9, 2003 USA Today article written by Jefferson Graham, “Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, rental, or digital transmission of copyrighted sound recordings. The FBI investigates allegations of criminal copyright infringement and violators will be prosecuted.” B. Record companies and other large corporations may stand to lose...
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