Need help critically evaluating the various ways in which the music industries have sought to protect copyrights.For student essay help. Thanks!

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In order to write an essay like this, you need to do two things.

First, you need to list ways that the music industry has sought to protect copyrights.  You could mention things like suing people who do file sharing, trying to shut down sites like Napster of the Pirate Bay that facilitated file sharing, and the use of digital copyright protection that makes it harder to do things like ripping music off of CDs.

Second, you would need to talk about whether these efforts make sense.  You could look at what the industry's goal is.  Presumably, they want to make more money.  You can take that goal and then analyze each of the techniques mentioned above.  You can ask if each technique is likely to make more or less money for the music industry in the short term and in the long term.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I agree with number 2. I would look into agreements with Apple, Amazon and other online distributors. The music industry changed a lot when they switched from selling albums to selling songs. The Internet was a huge threat. The music companies had to get in front of this threat by making agreements with distributors that would make their music easy to buy.

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