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Filesharing: musicDoes filesharing harm the music industry?

Issue Background

Traditionally, selling copies of recorded music has been one source of revenue for music creators and producers. With the continuing development of computer and internet technology, it has become increasingly to copy and distribute digital recordings. Some content providers have been combating this by bringing suit against those making unauthorized copies, or working with internet service providers to cut off internet service to those who have been caught uploading unauthorized copies of digital works. Other providers see developing file-sharing technology as a means to more effectively use word-of-mouth advertising to spread works to a larger audience. Does filesharing hurt the music industry by undercutting a revenue stream? Should legal actions be taken to combat either the development of or the growing use of file-sharing technology insofar as music distribution is concerned?

Key Arguments

» Yes

  • If it is available for free, people will not pay for it

» No

  • Developing technologies encourage innovation and should not be suppressed to preserve a particular business model
  • File sharing can benefit smaller artists and encourage competition amongst artists


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