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Song Swapping Song swapping ever heard of it It is an all too fast growing trend to hit internet users worldwide within recent years that is driving a wedge between manufacturers and consumers Songs are created in recording studios daily all across the world with the intention of being sold commercially to the general public The manufacturers pay the artists based on how many copies are sold and since most artists dont front any money to get things started they generally only collect around ten cents per album sold What is left over is taken to cover production costs and finally to line the pockets of the well known record companies themselves With the internet becoming increasingly more popular every day people are finding ways around the expensive costs to hear songs they like Most people dont want to pay for an entire CD when they are only interested in a few songs So how are songs being downloaded for FREE Why is there not being more done about this to control it Is it even in the best interests of everyone to have it stopped Is it even possible There are many varying opinions on this sometimes VERY controversial topic What are the consumers doing about the lawsuits put in front of them and what are the record companies doing about their decreasing sales Is this good for society or bad and how far are certain people willing to go to have it stopped According to Neil Strauss a writer for the New York Times who has been writing for some time on this topic The record industrys trade group issued an alarming statistic Music shipments it said were down 158 percent in comparison to the previous year This according to the trade group the Record Industry Association of America was in large part because of music copied from CDs and downloaded on file-sharing services Strauss This statistic alone shows how much damage can
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