All people who download files have got two options; download the legal way, or the illegal way. With legal downloading the buyer pays a certain amount of money for the music file he or she downloads, which goes to the artist, the record company and, in some cases, to the distributer of the file. But illegal downloading prevents record companies, artists and distributers to generate income. In addition, downloading music files on the internet has become increasingly popular amongst internet users. "Around 95 percent of all music is downloaded without payment to artists or producers." (John Kennedy, Digital music report 2009, 2009, p.3). It is crystal clear that illegal downloading has become a case of significant size and harms the total music industry. Illegally downloading music files should become punishable by law.
Illegal downloading is actually a way of stealing files which do not belong to the illegal downloader. In everyday life you see shoplifters, bank robbers and so on. These crimes make it to the newspaper and the journals. Illegally downloading music files is not a crime that is recognized soon, it is not that obvious as stealing fruits out of a grocery store. But in the end, it still is a way of making something yours which does not belong to you. This description is another way of pointing out that you are stealing somebody’s property.
Looking from an economical or financial perspective you can conclude that artists, record companies and distributers of music are missing substantial amounts of money due to illegal downloading. “Independent research conducted for the BPI by Jupiter Research shows that the record business will lose £200 million in revenue due to illegal downloading in 2009. Between 2007 and 2012 the cumulative effect will be £1.2 billion.” (G. Taylor, The Guardian, May 22, 2009). Notice that these numbers are only counting the losses in the United Kingdom, according to