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Term Project MP3 Files What is an MP3 An MP3 is a recorded high-quality audio voice and music file which can be distributed over the Internet and played on any multimedia computer with the right sound card and speakers MP 3 is simply a file format that compresses a song into a smaller size so it is easier to move around on the Internet and store MPEG is the acronym for Moving Picture Experts Group This group has developed compression systems used for video data For example DVD movies HDTV broadcasts and DSS satellite systems use MPEG compression to fit video and movie data into smaller spaces The MPEG compression system includes a subsystem to compress sound called MPEG audio Layer-3 We know this as MP3 The music industry distribution medium of audio CDs or packages of audio information approximately 10 songs preserves its dominate high sale price through shortage The true value of a musical artist is found only in what he or the distributor can persuade or force people to pay for the privilege of listening It does not matter how much of a good idea it is to have such laws to protect the artists People will listen without paying because they can If the musician wants protection from unauthorized listening of his live performances that he should find some form of self-protectionXby only performing for small groups of people or for audiences that agree to pay for entrance into an auditorium And that he should stop crying about people listening to him sing in public without pay and about the police not arresting the illegal listeners This is exactly the type of situation that is developing with the new breakthrough digital audio format called MP3 combined with the Internet The heart of the matter is not morality but enforceability Audio Copyrights and Other Delusions The same is now true of existing audio copyright issues They are
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