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My opponent has stated that this wave of technology we have seen in the last seven or eight years is creating a dangerous precedent. This is true.
With great power comes great responsibility. The world wide web has allowed the regular Joe Schmoe to accomplish tasks that were never once imagined.
But this dangerous precedent
is nothing new. If we are to believe that this is something new, then we are only kidding ourselves.
If I buy a book, am I not permitted to share? With the production of cassette tapes, are we to think for a second that people did not make copies?
Hell, I'm only a young guy myself but there was nothing better than sitting down and making a good mixed tape. Was there an outcry against this?
Yeah, people had their opinions and life went on. My opponent will have you believe that I stand against copyright laws. But that could not be any
farther from the truth. If I bust my ass to create a product, then I should be able to earn a few dollars for my efforts. If those few dollars are
more like a lot
of dollars, then it is only a further credit to myself. I have earned that income and I am entitled to it. I do not dispute
this for one second.
But as stated previously, it is not the issue at hand.
If I purchase a book from a local store and share it when I have concluded, am I a criminal? No, I'm not. If I buy a movie and then pass it along
when I'm done; am I a criminal? No, I'm not. But we're being told that doing the same thing that we have for years is somehow criminal now that
we are sharing it over the internet? Is the individual profiting? No, we're not. If I'm not at a personal gain, how am I at fault? I'm not.
Now since the inception of these all too common P2P File Sharing programs, we have seen a decrease in the sale of music albums. This is a fact. But
to solely point the finger at file sharing programs is laughable. Look at the current state of the industry, and I think most would agree that the
artists themselves can bare some of the blame for this one. The argument can be made that through file sharing, individuals who create the music are
having their material more readily available to the average consumer.
Again, this point requires some emphasis here, this is nothing new
People have been sharing these products since the moment they were sold. It wasn't a problem then, and it shouldn't be a problem now.
Let's also keep in mind what we are talking about, and what we are not.
I'm not talking about an individual who goes out and rips the hard work of an individual who created a product, and in turn sells this product for a
personal gain. That is criminal and it is wrong in every sense. But that's not what we're talking about here. Please do not get confused in the
smoke and lights that are being injected into the subject.
Just Ask Yourself This...
made it, would you
want to use the internet to market the product? The number of people you can reach is catastrophic and with
the right approach you can become an overnight celebrity. The internet offers you this, like nothing else before. Why would we possibly cut this
My opponent refers to the little guy who is trying to make it in this business, well so am I. That little guy who busts his ass day in and day out
. Rather than driving from store to store, door to door, making pitch after pitch to executive big wigs, these little guys can not
try to make their own way by marketing themselves and sharing their files over the internet.
I direct your attention to the following site: Podsafe Music Network
This is a link to a site where artists upload their own music and share it freely. There are no copyright laws and individuals can use it as they
wish. Some of the best music I have come across in the last year or two has been on this site. In any of my podcasts that you may have listened to,
the music has come from this site. Artists are making a name for themselves by sharing their music online, and trying to get recognized through more
Why? Because it's necessary. The industry itself has changed so much in the last few decades that you need to be a carbon copy of the last dozen
that came before you to make it anywhere. Originality is a lost concept when it comes to the music business. Rather than buying into the "man",
why not use the internet to spread your sound and try to make it for who you are, as opposed to who they want you to be.
I've said it in each of my responses thus far, this is an easy
With the direction we are heading, why would we ever fathom cutting ourselves off to the world wide web?
Whether some of us like it or not, this is the world we live.
You either adapt, or be forgotten.