Pre-debate vote: For- 26; Against- 5; Undecided- 1
Post-debate vote: For- 11; Against- 15; Undecided- 6
A very surprising result. Who would have thought that by the end of the debate, the side that proposed making it illegal to share files would sway so many voters! This testifies to the persuasive power of the Opposition, though I must say that the Proposition put up a good fight.
Proposition: Sales increase when customers can sample music online, and quality of music produced also goes up when customers have more options and therefore become more discerning. It is human nature to share, and many artistes do in fact put their music up on Youtube, proving that they expect sales to go up as a result. Also, it is holding double standards to say that one can buy a CD and send it to a friend in the mail, whereas one cannot buy a file online and then share it with a friend via e-mail. The law is too subjective, in this case, and the entertainment industry will come to a standstill if the ability to share music is curtailed.
Opposition: Sales cannot be boosted when the whole album can be downloaded and shared. Many small stores have closed down because their sales have gone down with the proliferation of file sharing. There are other ways of promoting an album and CD stores do allow customers to sample music. Many artistes are against filesharing because they feel they are being forced to work for free, and so creativity will suffer eventually because there is no way the record industry can compete against free downloads. It is like saying that it is alright to steal.
These are all good arguments. Any comments?