“The growth of free illegal music is a
fact, and it will seemingly never stop.” — Camacho Murillo, A. (2013)
This quote pretty much sums up my view on the whole piracy issue. Camacho, in his essay “Music piracy and illegal sharing: are artists being affected?” states that illegal download do not actually affect artists, because they compensate those losses through other means like concerts and merchandise. I believe this to be true, because the Internet serves as a way to advertise their music for FREE. The more exposure an artist gets, the more they will revenue in the long run through concerts, merchandise, event tickets, etc. In fact, artists can now manage their own music, instead of relying on big record companies. At the same time, loyal fans will always want to buy their artists music as a way of offering support. On the other hand, when it comes to downloading music or copying it for your friend, I believe it is okay. Apparently, it is not according to law, but once I pay for something I can only expect to do with it anything I want. After all, it’s mine. I don’t know what your opinion is on this, classmates, but this has been my two cents. Let me know what you guys think.
Camacho Murillo, Andrés. 2013. “Music piracy and illegal sharing: are artists being affected?.” Revista Criterio Libre 11, no. 18: 113-124. Fuente Académica Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed November 29, 2013).