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# The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not

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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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04 Jun 2011, 09:39
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E for me...
For evaluate the conclusion questions follow the approach given by the CR bible...
Scan the options first...
A and D are out because they are out of scope....
Now for the remaining choices, take a yes and no as the answer to the question and check whether " answer yes" is strengthening the conclusion and "Answer No" is weakening the conclusion or vice versa...

We can eliminate B and C through the above process...
For E..

Answer Yes: It will alter the behaviour of the individuals
Answer No: It will not alter the behavior of the individuals

Yes weakens the conclusion and No strengthens the conclusion... Thus this is our option....

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05 Jun 2011, 06:21
Good explanation nimrod.
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06 Jun 2011, 00:21
the argument concentrates on the impact of such action.
Between C and E.

C gives a probable reason why only small number of people will be charged for such a crime.However, provides no support to the impact.

E gives a clear indication on the impact by using variance test here.

E it is.
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18 Sep 2011, 23:34
Really good explaination
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19 Sep 2011, 01:24
Tough one. Marked A.

I think the variance test will really come in handy here.

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27 Sep 2011, 08:39
q)) 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?

Good one.
I approached this question by questioning the conclusion.
If E were true, then the actions of the recording industry will have a <b>significant</b> impact on the number of people who illegally download music.
So, I chose E.
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28 Sep 2011, 09:12
I could quickly narrow down to B and E. The rest are all out of scope. A bit of thinking helped me choose E of the two.

Found this one quite straight forward.
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08 Nov 2012, 02:02
Can anyone give me a profound reason to eliminate B.
I reduced the options to B and E but I feel E has only a slight edge over B.
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08 Nov 2012, 02:31
Marcab wrote:
Can anyone give me a profound reason to eliminate B.
I reduced the options to B and E but I feel E has only a slight edge over B.

Lets see B and E:

"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?

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

If only a minority of individuals are responsible for the majority of downloads or if a majority of individuals are responsible for downloads, knowing it would not help evaluate the impact of the action on those who are not charged. Ok 10 out of 1000 (minority responsible) are prosecuted or 10 out of 100000 (majority responsible) are prosecuted - but do we know impact on everyone else? no.

e)) Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?
If we know that threat of prosecution can or can not change behaviour of others, we would know whther taking such an action would help or not.
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08 Nov 2012, 02:41
Hii vips.
Am i missing something?
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08 Nov 2012, 03:07
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Hii vips.
Am i missing something?

Ha ha.. you actually created a case where you are going to punish 'all' responsible. this is surely going to have impact.
But would you be able to know so, if you know that 5% of people in world download music illegaly or 30% do?
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"Because the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited", since the question itself says that these people will be punished, hence I can make that assertion or can't I?
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Marcab wrote:
"Because the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited", since the question itself says that these people will be punished, hence I can make that assertion or can't I?

Number of people who are charged are limited... probably only 5-10 are getting punished and rest are not. This further supports the assertion made in previous posts.

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08 Nov 2012, 06:18
Vips0000 wrote:
Marcab wrote:
"Because the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited", since the question itself says that these people will be punished, hence I can make that assertion or can't I?

Number of people who are charged are limited... probably only 5-10 are getting punished and rest are not. This further supports the assertion made in previous posts.

Hope it helps.

B asks whether there is a small minority of individual responsible for the majority of illegal songs download. Now for evaluation, we answer the question either in terms of yes or no and then check whether these contrasting answers do really make an impact.
What I am saying is that if the answer is yes, ie there is a small minority of individuals responsible for majority of illegal downloads, and as per the stimulus, these people are charged with crime. Then it will make an impact.
But if the people who are responsible for majority of illegal downloads are many, and if only very few are charged then certainly there will be no impact.
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B suggests that by targetting a few people you could affect the number of SONGS dowloaded. But not whether you could affect the number of PEOPLE downloading.

In other terms, it's like saying most thieves only steal one thing and a few thieves steal lots. By arresting the thieves who steal a lot you can reduce a lot the number of crimes, but still the majority of people who have commited at least one crime are still free....
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08 Nov 2012, 06:55
Hii plumber250.
Consider an example:
That's my point.
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08 Nov 2012, 07:14
Hi,

With your example you are correct. However that is not what B is offering to tell us.

So (to use small numbers) it would tell us amongst 10 dowloaders if the distribution is more like:

1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 20, 22

or
5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

But that doesn't matter if the question is asking about the number of downloaders, in both situations there are 10. And to arrest (say) 2 in either situation still leaves 8 out there
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08 Nov 2012, 08:05
Marcab wrote:
Vips0000 wrote:
Marcab wrote:
"Because the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited", since the question itself says that these people will be punished, hence I can make that assertion or can't I?

Number of people who are charged are limited... probably only 5-10 are getting punished and rest are not. This further supports the assertion made in previous posts.

Hope it helps.

B asks whether there is a small minority of individual responsible for the majority of illegal songs download. Now for evaluation, we answer the question either in terms of yes or no and then check whether these contrasting answers do really make an impact.
What I am saying is that if the answer is yes, ie there is a small minority of individuals responsible for majority of illegal downloads, and as per the stimulus, these people are charged with crime. Then it will make an impact.
But if the people who are responsible for majority of illegal downloads are many, and if only very few are charged then certainly there will be no impact.

This is from where it was started.. you can re-read the posts or mark B instead
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