The Right to Download Music -persuasive essay to convince it's okay to download music, includes lots of statistics

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In September of 2003, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed 261 lawsuits against computer users. This was the beginning of the music industry's strike back. For years they said they were losing money due to people such as these, who allegedly infringe on copyright laws by downloading media from the Internet. However, the industry's plan to stop such action struck back. News spread and the word got out of such cases as the grandmother in Boston who was sued for sharing music. This lady did not own a computer, nor did she care for the hardcore rap songs the RIAA said she had downloaded. When certain artists stood up for the RIAA, agreeing that such people should be punished, many devoted music enthusiasts turned away from the artists. Kids do not want to idolize singers and songwriters that support filling lawsuits against them. In the end, the industry's attempts to earn more money by banning the sharing of music backfired because the loyal fans did not want to spend money to support these artists who care more about the money than the music (Borland).

Not only is it absurd that there are singers and songwriters out there who would sue their fans, but it is also unbelievable that in such a competitive work field, these artists would want to pass up the chance at free advertising. Many talented people struggle everyday to become famous byway of their music. It is a hard business and any publicity is good. There are a lot of artists out there who never would have been heard of if it were not for file sharing networks such as Kazaa or Napster. These programs allow users to obtain songs and other such files from other users' computers. In the beginning of an artist's...