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Downloading music andor movies from the internet has lately become aphenomenon Such reality does not only apply to the industrializedcountries where technology is accessible but also applies for thedeveloping countries like Egypt Thanks to IPods and other personalmusic devices it is undoubted that Egyptian users do illegally downloadmusic without prior permission from the copyright owners Such is thecase an ethical dilemma arises as a result of someone or rather someentities lawful rights are being violated by this activity As a resultof such misconduct copyright owners are deprived of their lawful sharesof profit Bearing in mind the firm moral structure of Egyptian societywhere piracy equals theft such transgression is stirring a remarkabledebate on the legality of music piracy Despite arguments which claimthat file-sharing is harmless it remains an act of theft and thereforethe aforementioned claims saying it is harmless rest groundlessConsidering the resolutely moral structure of Egyptian society it isexpected that piracy would be branded a lawless act and would thereforearrive at public censureIn olden days and before the introduction of high technology devicessuch as IPODs music was bought over-the-counter People who couldntbuy their own music either borrowed it from those who owned discs orcassettes or from public libraries In that case copyrights were notviolated and the music discscassette industry scored gigantic leaps aswell as achieved enormous profits Today almost every household enjoysa desktop computer or a laptop where its owner whether an adult or ateenager has access to the Internet and could download almost anythingfrom music to movies Most downloading activity takes place in schoolsand university campuses where high speed Internet is available not tomention leisure time According to the music and movie industries themajority of the offenders are college students using their collegeInternet serviceDownloading Its worth mentioning that the majorityof people who engage in such illegal practice are the young people yetsuch youth witnessed the same practice being deliberately done by adultswhom they honor such as parents and school teachers Some people
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