Essay on Against Illegal Music Downloading

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Flash back to October, 1997. The punk rockers who call themselves Green Day prepare to release the much anticipated follow-up album to Dookie, Nimrod. Every kid between the ages of 10 and 20 is ready to pounce on the album when it hits stores. Every one of my friends begs their parents to take them to the store on that cold Tuesday morning. The older kids ditch class to get in line at the local Best Buy. The album sells 80,000 copies in the first week and over 2 million before the new Millennium . Now, let's fast forward to 2004. Green Day is preparing for the release their eighth album, American Idiot. This time, none of my friends rush to Best Buy, where the CD is only $12.99. None of the little soon-to-be punk rock middle…show more content…
In the fall of 2001, I started a band with three of my friends called Off and On. Through the Internet, we accumulated fans in nearly every state before we even played a real show. When we did finally release a four song demo, we made even more fans thanks to MP3.com, a website that streams your songs free of charge. Up to that point, the Internet was our best friend. Without any paid advertising or promotion, we went from no fans to many. Purevolume.com has replaced MP3.com as the main provider for unsigned bands, and even some signed bands, who want new listeners. The problem with illegal downloading starts at this exact moment in a band's existence. When the band decides that they want to make a profit off of their material, many kids who have grown up in the information age still feel that they are entitled to anything the band releases. They will either burn the CD from a friend or download illegally. Both are new concepts and neither helps the band directly. (Future CD sales and possible concert ticket purchases are some possible indirect gains). For older bands, such as Green Day, who had to promote and advertise the old fashioned way in the early 1990's, the system is even more
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