Napster and its contemporary, Audiogalaxy, were not exact forms of shareware, so the RIAA was able to sue them as companies. The people who were actually doing the downloading got off scotch-free with thousands of free downloaded music tracks. As a result of the case Napster was shut down. Today we are introduced to subsequent forms of downloading, like KaZaA,Bearshare, and limewire would create a whole new kind of trouble f... ... middle of paper ... ...'t become free." Of all industries that have been revolutionized by modern technology, few have been hit as hard as the music industry.
In the modern world, as technology improves, it has become popular to obtain the digital copies of songs from online stores such as Amazon and iTunes, without even leaving the house. Unfortunately, many people choose to steal their favorite songs from countless available file sharing sites and peer to peer networks. Most music files downloaded from internet and peer to peer networks are illegal, this commonly includes MP3s created from CDs that are posted online by people who have not acquired permission from the artist or record company to do so. Downloading MP3s and other illegal music formats distress the music industry radically. It is estimated by the RIAA that 3.6 billion songs are illegally downloaded each month and It is also believed by (IFP, 2009) that 95% of music files downloaded from the internet are illegal.
Downloading illegal music does not really hurt the artists therefore it should be legal. Under the United States copyright laws, people who use programs to illegally download music for no fee at all are breaking the law but this is why it should be made legal (Math). There are millions and millions of people every day who download music off of the internet illegally. How will the authorities ever catch everyone doing it? I’m saying that there is no possible way of catching each and every one who downloads music illegally.
Also, what makes a certain piece of software legal in one country but illegal in another? In the US, 321 Studios had to stop making its famous DVD XCopy program, but why and was the software ethical?  All these issues will be covered as well as how ethical the laws are in the respective countries as well as whether or not downloading or copying music is ethical at all. Piracy Laws in the US Downloading Copyrighted Music The biggest issue of piracy in the US lately has been the illegal downloading of music off of the Internet with popular programs such as Kazaa and iMesh. Millions of people have been downloading their music for free rather than paying for it for many years now.
Using statistical methods, they can then test if the sale of an album declines more strongly if that album is downloaded more often.” (CONCLUSION) So, even with the pros/cons, copyright laws, ethics, and facts; is file sharing an illegal crime, and one that deserves the heavy penalties as those serious crimes? Is it unethical to give a friend a copy of a favorite CD as a gift? To give something of yourself? Is file sharing an illegal infringement in the rights of the creator of those rights? Artist hasn’t loss money in CD sales due to file-sharing.
Most any Internet file sharing is illegal. The music has started to sue people who share files. “Last month, the industry followed up on its September lawsuits against 261 people accused of illegally downloading music by notifying another 204 people that they would be next” (Harmon, Amy and John Schwartz par. 5). Downloading does not fairly pay artists or owners of the material being downloaded.
Teen Music Piracy: Innocent or Guilty Throughout time, people have resorted to stealing in order to obtain items instead of buying them. It became a problem so consequences were made. Even dating back to the Ten Commandments there were laws against stealing. Recently, theft has become a problem over the internet. Musicians and music companies have lost millions in revenue.
Several people also, however, admitted that they felt that the piracy of music online is unethical. These were people who also said that they download music regularly. Their response as to why they continue to compromise their integrity was based on the fact that they did not feel that the record labels or the individual artists themselves were actually being adversely affected. In their minds, their downloading and sharing of this music is only helping the music industry, especially up-and-coming bands who are trying to develop a name for themselves. Instead of handing out promo CD’s, they can simply upload their music onto the internet and circulate their music that way; a much more inexpensive and effective method.
However, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) doesn’t find sharing music over the internet to be quite as appealing; in fact, according to the RIAA’s official website, they have begun launching their first of what could potentially be thousand’s of civil lawsuits against users of these peer-to-peer programs. (Recording Industry Begins Suing P2P File Sharers Who Illegally Offer Copyrighted Music Online). On Monday, September 10th, the RIAA sued 261 people, one of whom was a 12-year-old girl, Brianna LaHara of New York. This lawsuit was settled for $2,000 on Tuesday, by her mother (Music Piracy Suits Could Bring Backlash ) and was actually paid by P2P United, which is a group who represents major file-sharing websites on the internet (Mello). Most likely to appear to the people that are on the edge between the goods and evils of file sharing as the good guy, for helping out a 12-year-old who many believe shouldn’t have been prosicuted.
Music downloading is one of the biggest phenomenon’s to hit the market in the past decade, and undoubtedly you’ve downloaded some music yourself. But lately music downloading has become an issue, and record companies along with their artists have tried to stop this new wave from happening. Though some people consider file sharing illegal; I believe it’s absolutely necessary for musicians to get there names out, and for music lovers to hear there sound. Viranda Normand said it best “Most artists are dying for exposure, he explained, so when the record labels hold back music like candy from a child, it's not about the fans anymore. It's about some pre-planned release schedule that's coordinated for business.