cyber ethics


The article I choose was written by Jennifer Howland and encompasses her family's views to the Recording Industry Association of America lawsuit of 261 people, including teens, elderly, occasional downloaders, and frequent downloaders of music.
Mrs. Howland has two daughters whose life is based around the computer.Everything from socializing, to gaming, to music listening.Her daughters share music files with their friends like most teens, but after the lawsuit from RIAA Mr. Howland had to end usage of P2P programs which enabled the girls to share music with their friends.He noted that one of the teens sued had to settle for $2,000, and with one of his daughters off to college soon he has no room for financial missteps.
Jennifer then notes that she ordered here children not to download for fear of not getting sued, not because she thought the action it's self was wrong.She was telling them that it wasn't the principle that's important, it's the consequences themselves.
She then raises the issue that the music industry tries to increase our sense of compunction by arguing that downloaders are, in effect, stealing musicians' livelihoods.Yet, many artist including David Bowie, and countless smaller band tend to believe that it creates a medium for further exposure.With the smaller band you can sample a song or two, and if you like it find out where they are touring next, or purchases the CD outright.
I tend to agree with this style of though.I have downloaded my share of music, mostly music that doesn't have a market in this area just yet, but when I stumble across something new that I like, I look into touring dates, and album info.I believe that this is a great way to increase exposure of bands that get little radio play, or just haven't made the leap to being signed by a record label.
As far as the bigger bands out there that have "Made It" what …

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