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# The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it

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The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the individuals who illegally download music from the Internet. Because the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the recording industry will have a minimal impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

The answer to which of the following questions would best help evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion above?
a)Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?
b)Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?
c)Do many individuals who illegally download songs share their music files with other Internet users?
d)Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?
e)Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?

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10 Oct 2010, 14:43
I guess it is E.
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10 Oct 2010, 18:08
I am for B.
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10 Oct 2010, 18:32
IMO B. OA pls

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10 Oct 2010, 22:07
Answer seems to be (B), but that is not the right answer.
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11 Oct 2010, 03:00
it should be B coz the conclusion refers to a NUMBER of individuals and answer B is also about a number ( majority, minority )so I guess it's B

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11 Oct 2010, 07:00
OA is E
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11 Oct 2010, 09:24
I went for E.
I think all agree we're struggling between B & E

B is very attractive, in B if the answer to the question is No, that support the argument, if YES, it does not weaken the argument necessarily, you know because we are not sure that they ones who will be charged, are those minority that are responsible. got it?
If we were sure the ones at the court are main criminal we might have said the B best evaluates the argument.
I think in evaluation of arguments, YES or NO should make a difference, in B , given that the answer is yes, it has no impact on argument for the reason mentioned above

however, in E
if the answer is YES, this would weakens the conclusion.
if No, supports the conclusion.

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11 Oct 2010, 13:35
B or E
"Many people illegally download music" is a fact and hence can not be questioned. So B can not be the answer.
=> E
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12 Oct 2010, 01:20
aman1213 wrote:
The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the individuals who illegally download music from the Internet. Because the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the recording industry will have a minimal impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

The answer to which of the following questions would best help evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion above?
a)Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?
b)Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?
c)Do many individuals who illegally download songs share their music files with other Internet users?
d)Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?
e)Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?

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Why NO Reasons are posted along with what you think ??
I go with E. My Reasons are:

Premise- Recording industry does not have enough resources to prosecute all individuals who download music illegally resulting in less people being charged for the crime .
Conclusion- Actions of the Industry will have minimal impact on the individuals who download illegally.

I think this is an Assumption question. As the question stem asks the assumption wihich links the conclusionto the premise to evaluate the conclusion.

Considering it as an Assumption question, using the Negate Test... On negating Option E - If the threat of prosecution does not alter the behavior of the Individuals who download illegal music... then the Conclusion falls apart
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12 Oct 2010, 01:27
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To add to the above, Option B is inherrently incorrect as The premise itself states that the Industry does not have the resources to Prosecute all the Offenders ... implying that there are way too many people who download illegaly, hence the difficulty in prosecuting them.

Option B ... goes against the premise itself as it says that only a small minority is responsible for majority of downloads ( thus implying that the people who download illegally are not many). In addition on negating this option there is no effect on the conclusion. Hence the option is incorrect.
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12 Oct 2010, 03:38
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Though was a little unsure, went for Option E.

The reason being that answer to that particular question, whether yes or no will help validate the conclusion. This is not true with other options.
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