Ethical Effects Of Music Piracy

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The fast-paced technological advancements, particularly in the past decade and the lack of control of internet activities have created a challenging time for the music industry due to the increase in music piracy. Music Piracy can be defined as the “unauthorized duplication on a commercial scale of copyrighted work with the intention to defraud the rights holder” (Siegfried).
Music piracy first became a problem for the music industry in the late 1960s with the invention of the compact tape cassette which enabled listeners to copy music. Over the years, people made the switch from tape cassettes and began using the CD as a new platform for copying music (Vandaele, Janssenes and Beken). In 1998, MP3 player and MP3 files were invented.
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For one, artists devote a great deal of time and hard work into creating and recording their songs and albums. Not only do they devote their valuable time, they are also contributing money. Renting out spaces and equipment can become very costly. At the end of the day, being a musician is their job and they intend to make money off of their hard work. When consumers are illegally downloading and sharing their music for free, they are being robbed. This is unfair to artists as they are not being compensated for all the effort, time and money that they put into creating and editing their works.
On the other hand, music piracy can also be seen as ethically correct in the viewpoint of music artists. The reason for this is that although artists are not being compensated when their works are pirated, they are however, gaining exposure. By gaining more exposure and popularity, musicians can attract a larger audience and fan base. This can potentially help musicians financially by promoting the sales of their concerts and
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The music industry has lost over $12.5 billion to music piracy (Adkins), making it clear that the intellectual property laws in place are not adequately doing their job. Although some people have faced the legal consequences of music pirating, there are just too many people getting away with it. We need to change how people ethically and morally think about the issue and I believe legal streaming services can do this. In 2012, a study was released stating, “the number of music files being illegally downloaded was 26% less in 2012 than in 2011. What’s more, 40% of the people surveyed in the study who said that they’d illegally downloaded in 2011 did not do so in 2012” (Knapp). According to the survey, this shift was because of streaming services like

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