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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?

• 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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04 May 2010, 04:24

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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04 May 2010, 05:30
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04 May 2010, 11:53
is the OA (C)??
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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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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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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.

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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.
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17 Jun 2016, 22:01
I will go with B.

The question stem is, .....would best help evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion above?

The conclusion is obviously last lines of the stimulus which portrays that the number of individuals who will charged with crime is limited.....downloaded music. A negative tone.

So, what could make is positive?
It might be possible that a quite small minority of individuals publishing the illegal songs on internet are responsible. Here answer B comes.

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31 Jul 2016, 22:41

the actions of the recording industry will have a minimal impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

the actions of the recording industry will have a huge impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

• Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?

How lawyers are dedicating their time has no bearance to the issue in hand

• Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?

Even if that is so, how do we conclude that the actions of the recording industry will have a solid impact on the number of people who illegally download music. We already know that the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is limited. how many songs they are downloading --> doesnt matter. what matter is scenrio outside of small minority --> if small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads is charged does it impact people outside of small minority, No.

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

same as B.

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

We already know that the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited --> so identification is not the issue. issue is that --> it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the individuals.

• Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?

Yes --> huge impact
no---> no impact.

So if by minimum prosecution we can have a huge impact on others, we can scare them then yes the actions of the recording industry will have a huge impact on the number of people who illegally download music.
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