Free Music Allowed on the Internet?
Technology is a huge part of our lives today. So much of what we do involves the use of the computer. Things that we never thought would be available to us over the computer are now there, so why not be able to download free music from your favorite artists? Artists as well as the record companies need to see the growth of technology as a good thing, and use it to their advantage so they do not miss out on the inevitable benefits.
Many artists and record companies do not think that it is a good thing to have their music available for free because they feel that they will lose a lot of money. The thing that they need to realize is that technology is only going to get better and they need to use it to their advantage. Many of today's artists make money touring and by having their music free could lead to people listening that would not normally listen to their music. This could lead to new listeners who might try it out, leading to more sales in tickets and in CDs. Someone might hear a song and realize that they really like that music and then want to go out and buy the entire CD.
There are already a number of websites that provide the music to download for free. The problem is that record companies do not approve of this and are taking the websites to court, saying that it is copyrighted, and that they do not have the permission to be using it. Napster is an example of what will happen. In Jon Pareles's article, "Envisaging the Industry as the Loser on Napster," he says how Napster had to stop letting users copy recordings that copyright holders did not want shared. The Recording Industry Association of America sued Napster and forced the website to shut down. The thing that they are not realizing is that since it was started in 1999 sales have actually increased. The industry is still convinced that downloadable music is cutting into their profits. What Napster actually does is provide access to nearly every recording anyone oculd want. Napster has not copied or accumulated any of the recordings available from it; it simply helps people to seek the music that they want. It has music available that may not be available anywhere else, and it offers instant connection. It allows someone to listen to a song and check out the artist before spending eighteen dollars on the CD. It is like a "library," where everyone connected "shares" songs with one another. Artists, such as Metallica, who sued Napster, believed their songs were "being given away and the 'library' as ill-gotten pirate booty."
Another reason why the Recording Industry says that free music should not be allowed is because of the copyright law. In the article, "Chained melodies" by Damien Cave he discusses the copyright law. Many of the CDs that are coming out these days are being copy-protected. This means that you are not able to download them onto your computer and put them onto your MP3 player. This is done so that music cannot be...