|Volume XXIX Issue 4||September 11, 2003|
Whatís the worry over downloads?
Eric Hydrick - Columnist
The record industry has launched a massive campaign against music downloaders. Record labels are sending subpoenas to colleges for the names of users who are downloading music. Elon, to some extent, supports this. Chris Fulkerson, Director of Instructional & Campus Technologies, sent out an e-mail with a memo attached discussing this policy. The memo states that,
"`85the University will be forced to provide the names and addresses of persons using the Universityís internet connection when presented a legal subpoena,`85taken out by the RIAA`85in their search for illegal file sharing `85.this would include students, faculty or staff."
This is a fair policy, but we shouldnít have to deal with the record industry coming after us for downloading some music.
The record industry claims that itís losing money because people download songs and donít buy CD's. First off, downloading music isnít the only reason why people donít buy CD's. We also donít buy them because theyíre expensive and they often donít have more than a few good songs on them.
Itís not like students making a huge profit from downloading either. Most people donít make CD's and sell them.
However, now most all computers come with CD burners so everyone can make their own CD. Thus, the only person who has a CD I burn is me, and IĎm the only person who listens to it.
However, if the record industry really wants money for downloads, why donít they lobby for a law requiring a fee be charged for songs uploaded to the music sharing sites like Kazaa? That way, theyíre still making money, and the sites themselves can cover the fee from their advertising profits. Thus, music is free for us and the record industry gets money.
Of course, if the record industry was really smart, they would start their own download sites or theyíd move into the blank CD business and quietly start taking in money hand over fist. And then we wouldnít have to deal with threats of them possibly coming to knock on our doors and ordering us to pay their fines.
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