Music Piracy: Dangerous and Unnecessary Persuasive Essay by Nicky

An argument that downloading music illegally is both unsafe and unnecessary.
# 146614 | 2,115 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 05, 2011 in Business (Industries) , Law (Property) , Law (General) , Music Studies (General)

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The paper examines the legal aspects of music piracy, the consequences that students who download music illegally must pay, and the alternatives available to illegal downloading. The paper contends that although many college and high school students continue to download music, it has proven to be both a dangerous and unnecessary trend.

From the Paper:

"In recent use, music piracy has been a major problem, especially among students. Both college and high school students are guilty of the crime, but college students generally bear the brunt. Unable or unwilling to buy albums, and spending a great deal of time online, college students find it simple to download songs quickly, and then listen to them on their computers and Ipods to their hearts' content. In these groups, music piracy is considered a soft crime. That is, most teens and students think that downloading music is wrong, but do not consider it wrong enough to stop doing it! Students generally make no attempt to hide their illegal music downloading, and they don't generally go to lengths to protect their computers from investigation when they are downloading. Essentially, students see downloading music a little like speeding--something that is wrong, but is worth paying the ticket and getting there a little faster."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bratton, Anna Jo. "Music piracy crackdown nets college kids." MSNBC. 13 May 2007. MSNBC. 17 March 2009. <>
  • Fiveash, Kelly. "Guns N'Roses blogger faces music prison." The Register. 16 March 2009. The Register. 17 March 2009. <>
  • Gospel Music Association. "Music Piracy: Millions of Wrongs Don't Make It Right." Millions of Wrongs. n.d. Christian Music Trade Association. <>
  • Graham, Jefferson. "Students score music perks as colleges fight piracy." USA Today. 24 August 2004. USA Today. 17 March 2009. <>
  • Grossman, Lev. "The Battle Over Music Piracy." Time. 24 March 2007. Time. n.d. <,9171,1625209,00.html>

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"Music Piracy: Dangerous and Unnecessary" 05 January 2011. Web. 18 April. 2024. <>