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Pay for Music vs Download Illegally: Effects on the Music Industry

To pay, or not to pay – that is the question. Today, it is easier than ever to get music. You can find all the hottest new artists, albums and songs for free with just a couple of clicks online. If you want more of a variety of music without putting the work in to get it online for free, you can pay for your music via programs like iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora or Soundcloud, to name a few.

Many people choose the cheapest options for their listening pleasure, even though there are so many options to listen responsibly. So, one must ask, at what cost? (Pun intended). Read more

European Union copyright law leads the Beatles bootleg recordings to be released on iTunes

By United Press International (UPI Telephoto) Cropping and retouching: User:Indopug and User:Misterweiss

By United Press International (UPI Telephoto) Cropping and retouching: User:Indopug and User:Misterweiss

Have you heard about the new album from the Beatles? Sure, they broke up in 1970, but this month, Apple is set to release 59 previously unreleased tracks of bootleg recordings from the Fab Four on iTunes. Why? There’s an official “no comment” line from Apple, according to Mark Brown of the Guardian in “Beatles for sale: copyright laws force Apple to release 59 tracks.” But, as implied by Brown’s title, fans and reporters alike are speculating that the iTunes release is due to European Union copyright law.

EU Copyright

So what is the law? Norwegian Beatles blogger Roger Stormo of WogBlog explained in his December 11, 2013, post, “Beatles bootleg recordings 1963 – a copyright scheme?” that in Europe, copyright is secured for a recording upon its release. Read more