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Hello, As you know my name is ****. My topic for the law seminar is Piracy. Piracy is the unauthorized duplication and distribution of copyright-protected items. These items can be Music, Software, Games, and printed works. I will talk about the penalties of piracy, the way it effects the economy. Now the 2 main questions.(Show the Over Head)Maybe you have downloaded a song from the Internet lately. And perhaps that song that you downloaded was by an artist that you had never heard before. Then you might have gotten their CD or gone to see them live. Maybe that artist supported downloading music. Say it was an artist that you had heard of by radio, TV, or another source; if it is that ...view middle of the document...

The last 22% of those surveyed buy approximately 36% of CD's, the highest percentage within a given group. In other words: all those attempts by the recording industry to stop music download's is in fact the cause of declining sales. The recording industry is shooting itself in the foot by eliminating file-sharing programs.Understandably, this issue raises many questions among users of this system. What exactly is the definition of stealing here? Does mere possession of the song without paying for it become classified as theft? Ultimately, does downloading songs without paying take money away from the people who made them?The NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) claims that downloading music is not only hurting sales; it is destroying the music industry. However, many believe that this totally false. The fact is, most people are downloading because they want a particular song, or because what they are looking for is not available in stores. The main thing the RIAA is forgetting is that programs like Kazaa create publicity for artists. The only way to ensure any success is exposure. People can't buy an album if they...

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