Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Before we dig too deep into our plan, lets introduce ourselves, shall we?

Ian Pommer
Hi, I'm Ian, currently a student at the U of Minnesota, and I love music. I listen to a lot, I want to say I listen to about everything, but there are some genres just too weird for me, and lots I've probably never heard of. But I do listen to a wide variety including such groups as, Howie Day, Los Lonely Boys, Metallica, The Beatles, The Doors, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Cudi, Biggie Smalls, Imogen Heap, Eminem, 3 Doors Down, The Shins and even some Taylor Swift. Now people like me face a moral/financial dilemma. Do I pirate songs to save the thousands of dollars I would spend otherwise and risk facing retribution from a label company and get sued for thousands of dollars anyway? Or do I buy what I can afford, and suffer from music mediocracy by being forced to listen to the same 73 songs over and over again? Well honestly, I don't think most musicians like the sound of either of those as neither makes them any real money; and to be honest, as a music fan I don't like the sound of it either. We should find a compromise, something that makes both sides happy, and I think this can be done.

Connor Gleason
I'm currently a freshman at the University of Minnesota, and I also love music. From listening to it as much as I can to recording my own, music is my life. I've been playing guitar for eleven years and I still play every day. I'm a huge fan of classic rock artists such as Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, the Hold Steady and many more, as well as a number of artists from other genres, like Moby, Beck, OutKast, the Roots, and Wiz Khalifa. I also love finding and acquiring the entire discographies of the artists I like; as a result, I am faced with the ethical question: to buy or to illegally download?
There was a time in my life when all of the music I owned I either bought in a record store or downloaded off of iTunes. My music collection was relatively small. As I grew older and became increasingly interested in many artists, downloading their music off of websites and torrents proved to be the quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to listen to music. I was soon exposed to a vast array of songs and albums I had never heard before, and I liked what I heard. But I still must ask myself: is music piracy right?
Like Ian, I believe there is and will be a way to compromise. Listeners shouldn't be limited to what they are sold, but musicians shouldn't have to go bankrupt as a result. I think that in the near future there should be a way to download music for free and allow musical artists to gain revenue through other resources. This blog outlines why.

Rattana Sengsoulichanh
Hi my name is Rattana and I am a freshman at the University of Minnesota. I am currently enrolled in a debate class and our assignment is to determine if free music and music pirating should be legal and how it can be beneficial to the musicians who produce the music. We chose this topic because we are all music lovers which find it as a way of self-expression that should be accessible to everyone. I listen to a variety of genre of music such as hip hop, rnb, funk and rock, but I do not restrict myself to these genres. Many artists look for royalties for the music that they produce from direct sales of their songs, merchandise and concerts. In recent history, many people pirate music and then are sued for music pirating. This blog will feature how music pirating can benefit artists from free advertisements and will make the fans happy.

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