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In an April 20 report, Rafael Fernandez, the Recording Industry Association of America's VP of Latin music, declared: "We know that more than any other genre, Latin music is the most heavily pirated." The Big Four record labels' RIAA claims P2P file sharing is wreaking havoc with sales, causing terrible hardships to workers and forcing it to drastically cut back on "artist development."
Mr. Newton: I used to d/l music and films until I realized one fundamental thing: if I take something which I don't pay for, it is stealing. How many CDs and DVDs do you think I bought during that period, and how many movies do you think I rented if I could get them all for free? To believe that theft, or "sharing" as you put it, does not hurt individual small business owners, is to refuse to be in touch with reality. If you are the type to turn a blind eye to that kind of crime, what else do you turn of blind eye to? If so, what kind of citizen are you? And what kind of message do you think we are giving our kids by telling them this type of behavior is OK? Stealing is wrong. Period.
Your point is understandable. However, I feel with the recent advances of the internet and file sharing devices such as the iPOD, the music industry needs to re-align itself with a practice that will continue no matter what regulations nad punishments are made. As for music, how about a music service similar to Napster. Unfortunately this is the future in my opinion.