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Do you remember when Napster was shut down on grounds of copyright infringement Or when flocks of college students were sued for owning their own download sites These cases were made possible by none other than the Recording Industry Association of America which represents the five major record labels Sony EMI UMG Time Warner BMG The R I A A has been prosecuting offenders of their copyright laws since Napster was shut down and they have yet to figure out why people still illegally download music If consumers could buy CDs at more reasonable prices no one would bother themselves with downloading Another means of releasing music to world was criticized years ago on the same grounds it was called the radio Who would buy records if people could listen to music for free on the radio the record companies complained Of course this was worked out so that the artists were paid for every time their song was played even though the musician almost certainly had to pay to get on the station to begin with And now radios are one of the best marketing strategies for an artist The R I A A charged people left and right on the grounds that record sales had gone down as a result of file sharing But according to surveys from the R I A A themselves In 1999 music sales were up 11 and In the first quarter of 2000 music sales are up 8 over last year Many of the companies that make computers and other devices that enable consumers to copy music and download MP3s have seen sales sharply decline It is not correct to assume that every time a copy is made a sale is lost said Gary Shapiro a spokesman for the Consumer Electronics Association Blank CDs cost roughly ten cents and ninety additional cents to encode music and place in a pretty box and the R
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