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stmorgan44
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TillDeathDoWePart88
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Downloading free music should be legal.

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Started: 2/27/2015 Category: Music
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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stmorgan44

Pro

I believe we should be able to download music. The only people who are being hurt are the record company's. This is free exposure to the artist.
TillDeathDoWePart88

Con

Assuming that this debate follows standard format, I will use Round 1 as my acceptance to your challenge.
Debate Round No. 1
stmorgan44

Pro

stmorgan44 forfeited this round.
TillDeathDoWePart88

Con

I do understand that being able to download any and all music for free from the Internet would be quite a luxury, but this causes many negative effects. One is in an economical sense. If music labels such as Roadrunner, Epitaph, and Nuclear Blast use their cash income to produce and market products such as CD's including LP's and EP's but receive no cash back due to things like pirating or 'free music downloading', then their ability to produce and market said CD's declines exponentially. After enough time of receiving no cash back, the labels would have to resort to drastic measures such as letting musical artists go, merging with other companies, or, in some cases, even shutting down. If the music labels do then shut down, there will be no more music left for you to pirate, thus creating a paradox for the cause that you are trying to support.

Another negative effect that ties in with earlier information is how it affects musical artists. Many artists in today's times do something called DIY touring. DIY (Do It Yourself) touring is when an artist manages all musical aspects themselves with their own money. These aspects include but are not limited to producing and marketing merchandise, paying for equipment costs, paying for traveling costs, paying for studio time, and paying for venue costs as playing at a venue is often times not free. Artists that pursue their dreams with DIY touring rely on the cash that they receive back from merchandise, such as CD's, in order to continue producing the music that we all love so much. Just as with the music labels mentioned before, if the artists receive no cash back in their endeavors, they will ultimately cease to produce music.
Debate Round No. 2
stmorgan44

Pro

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TillDeathDoWePart88

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by SkepticalDefender 2 years ago
SkepticalDefender
That dosen't matter, free exposure, 1st grade logic, people need money to get back more money, every industry on the planet runs of cash flow, if theirs no cash, theirs no music or media. They need money to make more songs and then get more money in return. They put their time and money into working and you don't think they should be rewarded? That's not how the world works
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