The cost of readily available entertainment

The Internet has created numerous ways for the public to obtain music without paying for it even though this activity violates copyright law (Note: Interestingly, it is rather difficult to find Internet sites in favor of anti-piracy laws. Think about why this might be the case.). The Internet also provides numerous ways for artists to promote tours, new music, and memorabilia.

Review the learning resources regarding online piracy and respond to the questions that follow:

  • How have the ways that people access and purchase music changed over the years and what role has technology played?
  • What are the ethical concerns related to accessing entertainment and what, if anything, has been done to address these concerns? 
  • Do you think the Internet has created more harm than good to artists in the music and entertainment industries? Why or why not?