Lawsuit versus monthly bill

By Caitlin Langley
October 30, 2003

Steph Mangold

The free downloading and sharing of music online. What used to be thought of as free and legal, consumers are now coming to the realization that it was and still continues to be against the law.

It was said in the Philadelphia Inquirer that Apple and Microsoft will launch music downloading programs that will charge the customer a monthly fee, 99 cents per song to download. Apple’s itunes Music Store, which started in April, and Microsoft has a vastly larger market to offer its customers.

The songs from these sites know what computers are compatible to the program from which they are downloaded from and will only play on that computer. They can be downloaded on to a compact disc but only a certain number of times and will only play on computers and portable disc players that support the program from which it came. If that song file is transferred to a computer or player that is not compatible then it simply will not play.

Katie Wright, an education major, said, “I don’t like it. If I were going to get sued, I would pay the monthly fees depending how much they were.”

Most students seem to have mixed opinions. Adrienne Baldwin, an undeclared student, said, “I don’t want to get sued. I would pay if that meant that I wouldn’t get

Patrick Downs, a business major, said, “The illegal sites are up now and I would rather download from them. Why would I pay for something that I never had paid for before? It is not the responsibility for me to stop all illegal sites it is up to the government. If these sites are still running why should I be sued when I am not looking to get rid of them, they shouldn’t sue anyone until the illegal sites are down.”

The new legal site will offer plenty of songs from which to download. And depending on which type of software one runs they will play only on specific computers and players. In the end, it’s all about the money and who is willing and unwilling to pay it.

Posted to the web by Stephanie Mangold

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