Should Public Access For The Internet?

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Ask about any American teenager what their hobbies are, and chances are many will say, “listening to music”. Music is more accessible than ever in 2016, thanks to technology, computers, and the constantly growing use of the Internet. Just about every industry has been affected by these elements, and the music industry is no exception. Advances in technologies have had, without a doubt, a massive influence on music. However, whether this influence is good or bad is essentially subjective, as there are both positive and negative things to be said. Public access to the Internet has been around since the 1980s, but before that, there was the phonograph, record players, and CDs. These early technologies made it possible to listen…show more content…
With media and communication, technology has the ability to change people’s lives (Hanson 14). “Cell phones and the Internet have in their short histories brought about more changes to traditional behaviors, attitudes, and values than any other technologies and services in history” (Hanson 14). In recent years, a major growing concern for the music industry is illegal downloading. Users go to sites like Napster or LimeWire and get songs without paying for them. This is made easy because the Internet makes it simple to share files peer-to-peer (“The Effects of the Internet and Digital Downloading on the Music Industry”). Copyrighted songs do not allow sharing this way, so this is and always has been illegal. However, since there is no real way to stop it, pirating of music still thrives (“The Effects of the Internet and Digital Downloading on the Music Industry”). In theory, when songs and albums are downloaded illegally, the music industry loses money; as people are not buying them and giving money to the artists. Despite this, some studies say that piracy is not harmful and may actually be beneficial to the music industry (“The Effects of the Industry and Digital Downloading on the Music Industry”). According to the European commission, “…findings indicate that digital music piracy does not displace legal music purchases in digital format. His means that although there is trespassing of private property rights (copyrights), there is
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