Essay on A Closer Look Into Music Piracy

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A Closer Look Into Music Piracy
Whether it’s your younger cousin listening to the newest nursery rhyme CD on the drive to kindergarten or the noisy neighbor blasting heavy metal from his or her stereo, just about everyone enjoys listening to some form of music. Music is powerful. In the past music has been controversial due to some artist’s subject matter or their appearance. But recently a new debate is taking place, and it has nothing to do with the music itself, but the way in which it is being distributed. Music piracy has been a great concern in the last decade as music lovers across the globe have begun to share music without purchasing it from the rightful owners, and while this is viewed as a negative effect of recent
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The internet has revolutionized the way music is consumed and websites like Limewire.com and Thepiratebay.se have emerged to allow people to illegally share music free of charge. This all came about in the late 1990s, just as personal computers and the internet became a common household commodity. The internet was in its infancy stages, and many laws were not yet in effect to put a stop to sites that acted as a host for users to share music with one another without abiding to copyright laws. Napster.com, deemed as the “Original Gangsta” ("The History Of Internet Piracy."), was one of the frontrunners to establish a host website to allow people from all over the world to share music with no strings attached. But the joys of this website and others were soon to be contested by the corporate world.
The Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA for short, was quick to put a stop to this and “Napster was slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit on December 7, 1999” ("The History Of Internet Piracy."). This devastated the online community. It seemed uncertain what the future would hold for online piracy, but as we all know, no one can truly control the limitless landscape that is the internet. Napster had paved the way and soon other sites arose to continue the good work that Napster started.

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