They never sought out permission. Out catalog of music simply became available as free downloads on the Napster system”(Internet). Metallica is suing Napster and has accused Napster of copyright infringement and racketeering. The Metallica bands as well as other groups believe that Napster has cost them much money. They do not believe it is fair that people can go in and download their music for free instead of having to pay for it.
This is really hurting the artist themselves. Since so many people download free music. Although the internet has also been saved by the music industry. Illegally downloading music has been a huge impact in the music industry. “Singers and bands are the public face of the music industry, but creating, recording and promoting a song takes a large team of people.
In the article entitled, “Why Illegal Downloading is Actually Good for the Music Industry” the author, Tom Durrant states, “Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West started as low-level artists until being heard continuously through illegally downloaded music”(1). Many others, along with these artists, have been heard through unlawful web sites then signed with prestigious label companies. Also, Durrant extends his claim by adding, “Many artists of various genres have been signed by label companies. The companies heard their music through illegal music sites” (1). Illegal music downloading has helped several artists get looked at by big corporations.
Companies like Napster, a music file sharing program, is creating havoc among performing artists and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) due to possible copyright and piracy violations. Though Napster is a brilliant invention, allowing millions to share information, it should be shut down because it infringes on the constitution, which serves only to protect everyone's rights. Napster is a program that allows members to download mp3 music files from another member's computer for no cost. Estimated 2 million Napster users are getting their music for free. After downloading music, users can burn with a CD-Rewriter, which supposedly eliminates the need for people to buy CDs.
When the user obtains the file, it then becomes searchable and downloadable by other users. As more users download the same file, the odds of another user locating that file greatly increases, as more people on the network are offering it for download. This makes the spread of an individual files move swiftly. The most popular of these services on the Internet is Napster. As Napster has gained popularity, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has sued the service claiming that Napster provides a safe haven for users to trade copyrighted material.
As much as the record business would like to have the public believe that computer-based music technology would forever ruin music, quit the opposite is true. With the popularization of the MP3 format a few years back came a renewed interest into listening to music. One of the great advantages of the Internet was that it allowed for almost immediate access to information instantaneously. If a song had been recorded, then there was a good chance it could be found on the Internet. The MP3 format allowed listeners to check out new artists and allowed for people to sent songs to each other of artists they thought should be heard.
What do you think about free music downloading? Do you think it should be allowed or not? The article entitled “The Freeloaders,” written by Megan McArdle, is based on the issue that many people are sharing and downloading music files for free, and that many people accept this behavior. It is also based on how the music file-sharing is affecting the success of music industry negatively. While McArdle is persuasive when she claims that music file-sharing is not benefiting the music industry and the entertainment industry financially, I also see that there is a lack of solid evidence to back up her argument, which complicates this issue.
Advantages and Disadvantages of MP3 Technology *Works Cited Not Included MP3s, a breakthrough in technology or are they just another bomb waiting to explode on us? Some say they are good while others argue that they are not just bad, but horrific to musicians that want to make it to the top. MP3's are used widely by teenagers on their home computer, usually illegally and are constantly being threatened by the producer of the music. Billions of dollars are being lost due to the Internet craze of the MP3 technology mainly because no one is buying the legal music from record stores anymore, its like a style gone dead. Now that the problem is out, Internet police are on the loose to find these illegal distributors of music and put them to a stop.
They are set out from the company, to promote their product, in a legal way. The other way of downloading, the illegal way, is very much different. There is no promotional sight that you go too in your search for a program. There is no, driving to ‘Best Buy’ to pick up the latest album out. It is much different.
Many artists believe that people who are downloading their music are stealing from them and they are striving to stop it. On the other hand, many artists and music lovers are happy with the new technology of music downloading. I believe that there is a way to reach a happy medium in-between these two groups to solve this problem. With a few website modifications, along with some minor changes in the music world, we will be able to leave this problem behind us. Thanks to today’s technologies, music can be compacted into MP3s and sent all across the Internet.