In todays technological world, music is readily available to anyone who has a computer, internet connection and a downloading program. This puts serious tension on artists as their livelihood is now available for free versus paying $14.99 at HMV or elsewhere. For me personally, if I am going to listen to the CD or songs for a long period of time, I can justify buying the CD. However, if I like just one song on a CD of 15 or 20 songs, paying the $14.99 seems pointless to me. I am not the only one with this mindset. Ask a classroom of University students, a large percentage will say they download albums or songs to avoid paying for them especially when that money is needed for textbooks, food, clothing etc. Its understandable that artists and the industry are mad, their hard work is becoming free to almost anyone and they are losing out on millions of dollars. A change in the way consumers listen to and obtain music is needed or else the music industry will not be as profitable as it once was. Would Justin Bieber or Katy Perry or Jay-Z be as wealthy without the sales of their CD’s?


          For the music industry to try to reduce piracy, a lot has to be done not only by them, but by governments as well. Allowing sites like thepiratebay.eu to operate and allow people to download music, movies or tv shows with no cost except for downloading a partnering software to download the files is what needs to be corrected. Yes the governments have been trying, but a simple arrest here and there is just a band-aid for the real issue. In todays technological world, I find it very hard for this to happen. Unless people start going to jail or pay very high fines for operating piracy websites, this trend will only continue.  A 16 year old wants the newest hip hop CD, has no job or income, only way to get it is to download it illegally. Some kids that age do not know they are stealing and it would not be right to give them ridiculous fines, but instead creating an awareness program where it teaches the public and young adults ( main group responsible for piracy issue) that negatives of piracy and helps them find legal alternatives to obtaining their desires music.  It seems like everyday a new downloading site emerges and creates another avenue for people to steal music from. A piracy panel could be put together to monitor high level piracy, which could reduce the amount of avenues people have to steal. In a world where technology is taking over, it will be very hard to implement and maintain a program that will ultimately eliminate piracy.  As we have seen time and again, the economies of developing nation are in desperate need for resources to be sold to 1st world nations. As long as this market is continuously available, the piracy issue will continue to haunt the music industry. Government intervention seems to be the only way to go at this point, as the issue has become widespread and worldwide.