Online Music Download – Its Wrong!! Jeffrey Thomas CIS 1055-021
Its not FREE !! • Though people download music since it can be obtained for free, it is still illegal and wrong. • Because • Artists consider music as their products, so it is only fair to say that downloading music illegally is stealing.
It may not be worth it !! • It is possible one day you may get caught downloading music illegally • Example • Jammie Thomas • Jurors ordered Jammie to pay $9,250 for each of the 24 songs which was focused on in the case (2007). • Case was thrown out due to the error on the judge’s part and she was re-tried. • Thomas now owes $80,000 for each of the 24 songs, which totals to $1.92 million.
It may not be worth it !! • Joel Tenenbaum • Graduate student (25 years old) • Sued for downloading music over the internet • Has to pay $22,500 for each of the 30 songs which were illegally downloaded
RIAA • Recording Industry Association of America • Represents the U.S Recording Industry • Mission: • Foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes our members’ creative and financial vitality • RIAA Members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in America.
RIAA Vs. The People • September 8, 2003 • Sued 261 music fans for sharing songs peer-to-peer file sharing networks • Has already filed, settled, or threatened legal actions against over 28,000 individuals
RIAA Manufacturers’ Unit Retail Dollar Value Percent of Change -26.60% | -71.30% | -70.70% | 147.70% | -27.40 | 54.80% | 54.70%
ONLINE PIRACY…. DON’T DO IT!! -Jeffrey Thomas- Thank You For Your Time
Citation • Electronic Frontier Foundation. “RIAA vs. The people.” September 2008. Eff.org. 2 August 2009. • http://www.eff.org/riaa-v-people • Sandoval, Greg. “Bankruptcy could protect Jammie Thomas.” CNET News. 19 June 2009. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/09/ • The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “2007-2008 U.S. Shipment Numbers.” 2007-2008 RIAA.org. 1 August 2009. http://www.riaa.org/keystatistics.php?content_selector=2007-2008-U.S-Shipment-Numbers • The Times of India. “US court fines $22,500 per song for illegal music download.” August 2009. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/World/US/US-court-fines-22500-per-song-for-illegal-music-download/articleshow/4844515.cms