The Music Debate…

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copyright infringement (or copyright violation) is the unauthorized use of material that is covered by copyright law, in a manner that violates one of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works. For electronic and audio-visual media such as music, unauthorized reproduction and distribution is occasionally referred to as piracy
The unlawful downloading of copyrighted material and sharing of recorded music over the internet in the form of MP3 and other audio files is more prominent now than since before the advent of the internet or the invention of Mp3, even after the demise of Napster and a series of infringement suits brought by the American recording industry.
However, sharing copied music is legal in many countries, such as Canada, and parts of Europe, provided that the songs are not sold.

Should all music be free? In France three illegal downloads will result in you losing your Internet connection. Irish music rights organisations are suing Eircom in an attempt to force them to do them the same thing. While the music industry goes to ever more extreme lengths to dam the stream of illegal files, other voices are questioning whether there is still a place for the big labels. The issue was argued between students of the college and guests at the debate. Richard Stallman, of the Free Software Foundation, and Kevin Marks, of Open Rights UK, put the case for making all music free to copy and share. Fran Nevrkla, of Phonographic Performance UK, and Michael Keplinger, of the WIPO, argued for the retention of artists’ and distributors’ rights.

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