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The legality of file-sharing creates a very intriguing debate Is the transfer of digitally encoded music considered sharing or stealing File-sharing has only been around for a few years yet it has quickly become one of the most debated topics in pop-culture The full effects of file-sharing have yet to be seen and the full ramifications of it wont be realized until it is decided whether it is considered sharing or stealing These ramifications could end up being positive or negative depending on which viewpoint is taken on this issue Contrary to the viewpoints of John Balzar author of The Internet or a 45 Its Robbery of the Artist the transferring of digitally encoded music is actually sharing not stealing Many people including Balzar consider file-sharing as stealing He cited Rolling Stone magazine as saying there was a 13 drop in independent music stores near college campuses and that CD-burning and Internet music sharing are chiefly to blame He went on to say that history will record this epoch in which we live as the Convenience Age not the Information Age And as it becomes more convenient to download than to buy it wont matter whether you call it sharing or stealing The result will be the same 301 However Balzar fails to realize the true meaning of his own sources of evidence He cited the 13 drop in independent music stores near campuses right after stating that music sales increased 18 nationwide Therefore the amount of sales lost in the grand scheme of things is insignificant Independent music stores generally tend to have independent bands which are signed onto independent labels Many of these bands are opting to have their music available through websites such as mp3com The goal of such independent bands is to have their music heard by as wide an audience as possible They simply found a better way to have their music available For example The Front Porch
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