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The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 04:00
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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?

• Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?
• Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?
• Do many individuals who illegally download songs share their music files with other Internet users?
• Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?
• Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?
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Re: The recording industry is fighting a losing battle [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 04:24
Is the answer E ?


What we are trying to establish is : whether the prosecution will have the desired effects

E) Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music? --> the answer to this question answer our original quesiton ...if the threat alters behavior of most of the people then this will have the desired results ...i.e. stopping illegal downloads
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Re: The recording industry is fighting a losing battle [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 05:30
IMHO B
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Re: The recording industry is fighting a losing battle [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 11:53
is the OA (C)??
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Re: The recording industry is fighting a losing battle [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 13:27
Close call b/w E & B
but will go for E

C is out of scope because we don;t care after the song has been downloaded.
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Re: The recording industry is fighting a losing battle [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 13:50
IMO E,

If the answer to E is yes, it will weaken the conclusion and if the ans is No, it will strengthen.

B is wrong because, even if 2 out of 10 are responsible for illegal downloads, our concerns is how their number can be reduced. What should cause the reduction.

C is wrong for the same reason. we need the cause of reduction.
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Re: The recording industry is fighting a losing battle [#permalink] New post 21 May 2010, 00:46
OA is E and OE is:

(E) CORRECT. The argument concludes that the prosecution of a small number of people who download music illegally will have a minimal impact on the overall number of people who engage in illegal downloading. However, if the threat of prosecution were enough to “alter the behavior” of others (i.e., deter them from illegally downloading music), the actions of the recording industry could have a significant impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

Argument say:
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.
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