The rights and wrongs for downloading music from the internet for free.

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Downloading Music

Nowadays, most people don't go to music stores to buy CDs anymore. So how are they going to listen to music? You probably have guessed it; they simply go on the Internet and download songs to their computers. It is very true and somewhat understandable, I means who would want waste their money to actually buy CDs from the music store than download songs for free? They will get the same quality music and entertainment pleasure for absolutely free.

Of course, to many people, downloading music from the web doesn't seem like an important matter. It might even be a must-do-everyday "chore" to them. However, many people don't realize the fact that downloading music from the Internet is against the law! People are breaking laws, copyright laws. This downloading from the Internet deal may not even be the worst thing they could do; sometimes people even download songs and make CD copies.

The CDs would go on the black market and sell them on a lower price than the official CD, making the people would rather buy the cheaper copied CDs than the more expensive official ones. Also, from the law, it states that one may make a copy of his/her own CD for their personal use. That means he/she may record it to a cassette tape or rip it to MP3 files. One may not, however, give this copy to another person. Many people believe that if no money is involved, then no law has been broken. This is false. Whether you give the copy away or sell it, this is still a violation of copyright law. For the people who download music, they have their defends and sayings to this behavior. They think that downloading music should be a program or service provided to them. They...