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Submission + - Music sharing a social, not ethical, issue

athloi writes: "Recent studies by two Kent State University professors suggest that file sharing and downloading music is "more of a social phenomenon than an economic one." As one article related,

> "That is," say the researchers, "downloaders of free, so-called 'pirate' music
> seemed to be more motivated by the social aspect of trading and sharing music with
> other music enthusiasts rather than the proposition of saving money on music
> purchases."


In other news, students are finding out the hard way that downloading is where the law intrudes on what they see as a fun, social hobby and a way to interact with other kids.

> Barg couldn't imagine anyone expected her to pay $3,000 — $7.87 per song — for
> some 1980s ballads and Spice Girls tunes she downloaded for laughs in her dorm room.


Socialization has been the promise of the music industry for teenagers since the 1940s, justifying its sale of a cheap product at high prices through years of marketing portraying rock music as a way to socialize teenagers and introduce them to interaction with others (since they don't have exciting jobs, neurotic sex lives and life insurance to gab about like adults)."

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