Downloading Music. Good or bad?
One controversial issue I have a hard time finding a standpoint on is downloading music illegaly. I have yet to illegaly download music via internet myself, but being a music lover and a poor college student, I have been tempted. According to an MSNBC article, internet piracy costs the music industry about $2.4 billion a year. I do not wish to encourage illegal acts, but is $2.4 billion really all that much in comparison to what the industry takes in? Could there possibly be bigger problems? I personally think the money shouldn't be the focus. Can internet piracy really have a big enough effect on the economy to cause concern? Even if songs are downloadable illegaly, for free, I still want tangible items such as the disc, artwork, and the rest of the package that comes with it. The legal downloadable music, the music I pay for, has been more of a comlimentary good than a substitute, encouraging me to go out and buy the album at a store or order it online. So would any music I downloaded illegaly. Downloadable music hasn't decreased my demand for compact discs. Most music lovers I know still love going into music stores. To me it's about the "clicks" complimenting the "bricks."