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Journalism & Communication
Pages 3 (753 words)
One of the current battles that continues to rage not only within the industry but also within society is with regards to whether or not copyrights should be enforced and if so to what extent. As a means of informing such an understanding and analysis of this topic, this author visited the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) website as well as Piratbyran (a Swedish think tank that is committed to the idea of free information).
Firstly, with regards to the RIAA, it comes as this prize that this group fundamentally reject any form of copyright infringement and/work piracy. The most obvious reason and rationale behind this is with regards fact that the that the RIAA represents a massive number of entities that derive their profitability the fact that individuals legally acquire the products and services that they offer. However, instead of directly discussing the level of financial harm that this does to the RIAA and its bottom line, the website promotes an understanding of the fact that the individual who engages in copyright infringement and/work piracy is directly hurting the individual artist at the very lowest levels of their organization. This commons as somewhat of a surprise due to the fact that the major record companies generally cell a new CD for approximately $15-$16. Of this $15-$16, the individual artist is only receiving approximately $1.60 per records sold. As can be seen, this 10% is negligible in terms of damages effected upon the artist himself/herself. ...
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