The Sound Recording Amendment Act

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In 1971 The U.S Congress passed the Sound Recording Amendment to the 1909 Copyright Statue. Through this act, it was acknowledged that audio recordings were worthy of legal copyright protection. This was the beginning of a new era for the music industry. The Sound Recording Amendment was enacted due to the bootlegging of vinyl records in hope of preventing the coping of music. Coincidentally, the issue of bootlegging music remains unsolved. “Much of the animosity toward our existing copyright framework stems from the unpopular tactics of the record industry, which tries to enforce copyright laws to sustain an increasingly outmoded system.” With the introduction of the Sony Walkman in 1979, music became more limited in format while remaining extremely versatile and convenient. Eventually, the persistent Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was granted the right to earn taxes on every sale of a blank tape. Billy Joel released his 52 Street, the first CD released in the world, and began the launch of sales of the standard Compact Disc (CD). The 80s quickly became the most explosively successful decade in recording audio history due to the rapid replacement of tapes by consumers. The music industry continues to rise with the birth of the MP3 in 1990 followed by the introduction of the first major audio service by RealAudio. This form of obtaining music immediately skyrockets with popularity. The use of the Internet continues to serve the music industry useful
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