Music Pirating - Still Alive?

Mar 31


Gen Wright

Gen Wright

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Nothing makes a record executive angrier than mention of the word "piracy.

" Truthfully,Music Pirating - Still Alive? Articles piracy does have many disadvantages to a number of people, but is it as bad as the industry lets on? Furthermore, is it even still alive enough to make a significant impact on the future of music as a whole? Before answering these questions, there are a few things to remember about piracy:

Piracy is a form of stealing: Yes, taking something for even private use without the creator's permission is stealing, especially when there is an implied or proven amount of money that can be calculated based on the theft of property. It often times doesn't feel like stealing because, in the case of digital downloads, there is no tangible product that can be held in one's hands. But intellectual property is still property, and when there is value assigned to that property, there is no other way around calling piracy what it is.

Piracy is a response to the industry's refusal to keep up with the times: It can be hard to swallow for the record executive, however, that piracy is often the fault of his industry. When the industry refused to take notice of the steamrolling effect and the convenience of digital downloads, instead overcharging users for CDs at music stores, piracy grew to record heights. Once the industry embraced the digital format, this tapered off significantly.

Piracy is not as common as you might think: Because the industry, through music distribution and single song distribution services such as iTunes, started to embrace digital downloading and monetized it with cheaper prices and higher quality tracks, piracy became a less viable option. This development indicated that consumers were not thieves per se for illegally downloading. They were simply deprived. The lesson? When the industry keeps up with the times and decides to give fans what they want, fans are far less likely to steal through the act of music piracy. The results have been favorable to the music industry and artists alike.

Piracy is an [in]sincere form of flattery: Yes, piracy is illegal. No, piracy should never be done for any excuse. But at the same time, piracy is a form of flattery, whether you choose to call it sincere or insincere. It has helped just as many artists, albeit inadvertently, as it has hurt by making work available on a grander scale and opening doors that had been previously closed.

Piracy is not worth it: In the end, the punishments imposed once caught, not to mention the morality issue, of committing piracy are not worth it for the consumer. No matter what its ultimate effects, the industry and artists will continue to fight it however they can, and just as the Internet has made it easier to download music, it will also make it easier to catch and prosecute those who do it. But companies, retail outlets, and artists, can all learn something from its effects and work toward building an industry that is more beneficial to all.

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