In a world of technology, things are easily accessible at our fingertips. With such easy access music, pictures, videos and other forms of media can be easily pirated. Piracy is defined as the unauthorized use of someone else’s invention (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piracy). Piracy can lead to copyright infringement which is the illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted inventions without permission for the inventor (http://www.techlawjournal.com/glossary/legal/infringement.asp). Most people might believe that the Internet is an open industry, but in reality artist and inventors deserve the credit that comes from their work.
Rick Carne’s article Has Music Piracy Killed the ‘Recording Artist’?, gives us a view of music industry and online music piracy related to the music industry in the 60s when there was no Internet. Carne’s article says that since the Beatles had no worries about people stealing their music they were able to focus more on music writing alone rather than selling other products to make up for lost profit. Now, bands and artists have to create unique videos, sell tshirts and tour more of the time to make up for the loss of profit due to illegal downloading. On the contrary, Lily Rothman’s article Music Downloads Not Hurting Industry, Study Claims says that the amount of illegal downloads that happen do not influence the amount of legal downloads when it comes to music. Studies show that websites that allow access to illegal downloading actually boost legal downloading.
In my opinion, downloading music illegally is just plain wrong. You should take somebody’s creative inventions for free. I find the argument that illegal downloading actual boosts legal downloading unbelievable. It seems like it would be a cascading effect of one person doing it and then another. I, however, do not think that artists suffer due to illegal downloads. It seems like music artists have an endless income. Even retired or one-hit wonder bands seem to still make thousands of dollars a day. This may be due to them having other sources of income such as concert tickets, tshirts, perfume/cologne sales and clothing lines. Do I think that this has killed the ‘Recording Artist’? Yes. The music industry will never be the same. Not with technology. Artists write, sing and record differently than they did back in the 60s. Let’s be honest, nobody can replace the Beatles. Nobody.
So, matey, I ask that you do not be a pirate. You would not want somebody taking credit for something you worked so hard to create. Do you think that downloading music illegally is killing the music industry? How do you personally feel about illegal downloading? Do you think the ‘Recording Artist’ is dead?