The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States. (From Website)
How I will use it: The RIAA website has a lot of information regarding the negative affects of music piracy and also have an entire page of information entitled For Students Doing Reports.
This website is set up to inform readers on what exactly music piracy is and ways to take action against it and report piracy.
How I will use it: This is a helpful website to support arguements on exactly who music piracy effects.
This article taken from Time Magazine talks about the attempt to stop music piracy through online MP3 sellers like Amazon and discusses pros and cons on music piracy.
How I will use it: Time magazine is a reliable source of information on any subject it covers, and reading through what a journalist of this well respected magazine will hopefully share some intellectual insight on the subject.
This article seeks to explain the roles of various agencies and to present different faces of the issue in an unbiased yet informative manner. The views expressed by sources for this article are not necessarily those of the author or of musicbizadvice.com; we just want to bring the topic to the table for discussion. (From Article)
How I will use it: This article covers a lot of the background of both sides who are arguing about music piracy and the controversies about lawsuits and other events that have happened in the recent past.
Abstract: The article presents an analyis of the prevalence of piracy in music trade which has affected global sales of CDs. It points out that technological developments such as file sharing, MP3 players, and CDRs have increased music piracy. Accordingly, most common forms of music piracy are Internet piracy and compact disc (CD) piracy. It discusses the association between music piracy and organized crime, which is defined as profit-driven illegal activities motivated by profit maximization. It explores the vulnerabilities of music trade which include the nature of the product, degree of law enforcement, and pricing. It suggests that it is necessary for music companies to change their business plan through music online marketing in order to minimize the incidence of music piracy.
How I will use it: This source shows sufficient evidence of the financial effects on the music industry through accurate statistics.