Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Debate: Part 4 - Negation 2

Negation 2
From Faris Sharif

In this essay, I will talk about two things: one, how downloading music is trying to be enforced around the world and, two, how the changing the name of piracy would not help anything. Carolyn said, "there is nothing simple and clear cut when it comes to regulating and policing internet piracy", as everybody knows everything in this world is not always going to be 100% effective, there will always be a flaw in the system and someone will find a way around it. Although the methods are somewhat "flawed and ineffective", they still are catching some individuals.

James stated a good point on if he bought a limited edition collectible version of an album, but wanted to keep it sealed to keep the value. Technically he did buy the album, but he hasn't opened it so he can't listen to it. Now, James believes that since he has already bought a copy of the album that it is okay to download it, wrong. You only bought the right to one copy of the album, and just because you bought the right to a copy of it does not mean that you can now go download it. That is unsound because the artist is selling you one copy of the album, not an unlimited amount. It is not a membership when you buy something of an artist; it is just that specific thing. You do not just buy one thing and get the similar thing.

In an attempt to stopping music piracy, on August 24 2007, from an article from Western Austrailia, Crime Stoppers is looking several teens to help stop music piracy. The teens will be awarded $1000 grant for their school. Not only is the RIAA helping to cut down music piracy, kids are too.

In an article published July 28th 2007 by Fred Reed of the Washington Post, Reed claims that the "labels are not working to deter illegal downloading largely because the public doesn't care, …", the reason why labels are not working so hard is because you have teenagers and adults thinking it is okay to download music for free. They do not know the real truth about illegal downloading and may not even know the punishment if caught. For example, A friend of mine was caught for music piracy was fined $15,000. He was a student at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and was using a better version of Limewire that gives you with more access and better bit rate files of music and movies. My friend settled the lawsuit out of court for nearly $12,000. $12,000 is a lot of money these days and kids don't understand the consequences that they could face. I believe that we should have kids help spread the word just like Crime Stoppers is doing. This could be one way to help stop music piracy.

Now to Carolyn's comment on how the RIAA deals with the money from the fines, even though the money is being funded back to the RIAA, they are using to help find more pirates. Although they are not reimbursing the artists nor the record labels, they are still helping to cut pirates down. If they help cut the illegal downloader's than they will be forced to buy the album which then will the record labels and artists regain somewhat a profit.

An article in The Herald on July 15 2008, has broaden their efforts on stopping music piracy. According the The Herald, Scotland residents who download music will be recognized through a "filtering" technology. This will hopefully help prevent the use of file-sharing and help catch those who are downloading music illegally. They will begin sending letters to the biggest illegal downloader's in warning to tell them that they have been identified and will be watched.

These are just a few ways on how music piracy is trying to be abolished. Now I just want to expand on a few ideas that Daniel implemented about how James wanted to change the laws of illegal downloading. As Daniel stated "changing the title of an action to disguise its criminality isn't going to make it have less of an impact on the music industry, or other individuals … that music theft can have." Whether you change the name of something is not going to impact anymore than it already is. A funny analogy is rapper "Sean Combs", he changes his stage name every two years and people still know who he is. Whether you change the name of something does not mean it is going to help change it. Downloading music is illegal and it will stay illegal until they force a way to help make it legal.

In this essay, I have shown you a few ways the music industry, RIAA, and other organizations and governments are trying to stop music piracy. Although music piracy may go on, I believe that someday music pirates will be punished for their actions. Downloading music is illegal, and whether or not they get caught now or later, only time will tell before the government and RIAA cracks down on them. With the technology improving yearly, sometime in the future will all downloadable music be monitored. Overall, I believe that someday artists will get back to their old revenues on their CD's. Piracy is bad and I believe it needs to be reinforced. How would you like it if everyone stole everything you made. Just think about it.

Philip's response - Negation Rebuttal

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