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The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 08:54
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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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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 11:19
I believe it's (E).
We're asked about "impact on the number of people".
The answer to the last question will help to evaluate whether the number of people downloading illegally is going down.
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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 11:46
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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?


Conclusion: The actions(of prosecuting) of the recording industry will have a minimal impact.
Reasoning: Because the number of illegal down-loaders is less.

C says: Don't go just by the number of illegal down-loaders. Because, if the illegal down-loaders share the music with 1000 others, the impact will be great.

E: also is okay to an extent. But, the conclusion didn't seem to undermine the impact of prosecution anyway.

Ans: "C"
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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 17:28
I would go with B.

Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?
If the answer is yes, than the battle is not a losing one, as prosecuting them will cover most of the illegal downloads.

If the answer is no, then the battle is indeed a loosing one.


What is the OA?


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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 20:41
IMO A.

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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 23:29
here the conclusion is "Recording industry is fighting loosing battle"

Other part is the evidence.

Answer choice B will be the one.
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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 23:36
a>Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?OOS

b>Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?Already given

c> Do many individuals who illegally download songs share their music files with other Internet users?correct

d>Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?Irrelevant

e>Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?OOS
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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2011, 10:03
I'm stuck between C and E.. What is the answer?
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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 03:38
Its E.
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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 05:53
I am going with E. Think about it:

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.

We need to stop illegal downloads. There are a large number of people who download music illegally. But we can prosecute only a limited number of them.

So the questions becomes: what can we do to these limited number of downloaders so as to stop others from downloading? Prosecute them. That means E.
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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 07:18
I am not able to decide between B and E. can the person who posted the question explain the answer
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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 07:26
The OA is E. But i contend the answers given in support for E. Here the author mentions that their is insufficient resources to prosecute illegal downloaders. So even if they do prosecute, that number will be very small. So why E. E seems to bear very little relevance to the argument. But if the number of illegal downloaders are itself small, then more people can come under jurisdiction, thus resolving the issue of lack of resources. B seems to be a more apt answer to this than E. Experts, please resolve this!
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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 18:03
This is a very subtle question - if you don't read the wording extremely carefully, it's easy to be tempted by a few of the answer choices. The key point to notice here is that we are concerned with "the **number of people** who illegally download music." We are *not* concerned with the number of illegal downloads.

Looking at the answer choices, A and D are irrelevant, since they are not related to the issue in the stem: that only a small number of people can be prosecuted. B and C are both relevant to the question of whether prosecutions might reduce the number of *downloads*, but that isn't our question: we want to reduce the number of *downloaders*. E is the correct answer. If the threat of prosecution might discourage people from downloading, then the number of downloaders might fall even if only a few people can be prosecuted.
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Re: CR - Music Industry [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2011, 18:53
Its clearly E. If the threat of Prosecution will deter potential violators, then the plan will succeed.
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