Advantages and Disadvantages of MP3 Technology Essay

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Advantages and Disadvantages of MP3 Technology *Works Cited Not Included MP3s, a breakthrough in technology or are they just another bomb waiting to explode on us? Some say they are good while others argue that they are not just bad, but horrific to musicians that want to make it to the top. MP3's are used widely by teenagers on their home computer, usually illegally and are constantly being threatened by the producer of the music. Billions of dollars are being lost due to the Internet craze of the MP3 technology mainly because no one is buying the legal music from record stores anymore, its like a style gone dead. Now that the problem is out, Internet police are on the loose to find these …show more content…
A lot of people believe that MP3's are breaking copyrights and is a part of online piracy. Online piracy is playing or downloading from the Internet songs and lyrics without authorization and without compensating the artists. Downloading even one song without permission or compensation is considered online piracy. Pirate recordings are the unauthorized duplications of copyrighted recordings, the packaging of the recording, art, label, title, sequencing, etc. are all a part of piracy. When people download MP3's from the Internet, they fail to recognize the copyrights that are in place because they are written in font sizes under 10pts or are skipped by the user. Though it is the fault of creator of the site, the creator knows that if people stop going to the site, money stops being made so the creator must hide all items that might deterrent the user from leaving the web site. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has two copyrights that apply to MP3's. 1. Copyright in musical work -- That is, lyrics and musical notes as they're written on paper. This copyright is typically owned by the songwriter or music publisher 2. Copyright in the sound recording -- Which is a recording of a performer singing or playing the particular song. This copyright is usually owned by the record company. Therefore the only legal way to copy, download,

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