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# CR - Illegal copies (Kaplan Verbal Workbook)

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09 Mar 2005, 19:14
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This is akward, I couldn't figure out even with the answer - if someone gets it, please explain:

Magazine publishers claim that illegal photocopying of articles from their magazines costs them vast amounts of revenue every year. But most people who photocopy magazine articles are teachers using them in class. Given the economics of education, these teachers could not procure an original copy of the magazine for each student.

Which of the following is most propably the point towards which the author of the above passage is moving?

(A) Magazine publishers should provide free copies of their magazines to schools.

(B) Preventing illegal photocopying would have no effect on magazine sales.

(C) Teachers should be prevented from photocopying magazine articles for their students.

(D) Eliminating illegal photocopying would prevent the magazine's publishers' loss of revenue.

(E) Illegal photocopying does not depress magazine sales as significantly as publishers believe.

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09 Mar 2005, 19:40
(A) Magazine publishers should provide free copies of their magazines to schools.
- Out.

(B) Preventing illegal photocopying would have no effect on magazine sales.
- Out.

(C) Teachers should be prevented from photocopying magazine articles for their students.
- No, the author does not seem to violently opposed to this idea

(D) Eliminating illegal photocopying would prevent the magazine's publishers' loss of revenue.
- This isn't what the author is hinting at. The author brought up the issue of revenue to highlight the issues magazine publishers brought up with respect to illegal photocopying.

(E) Illegal photocopying does not depress magazine sales as significantly as publishers believe.
- Should be the answer. Since the illegal copies are not put up in the market for sale, then it shouldn't hit the publishers as hard as they believed. Ultimately, the photocopying could be limited to just a couple of articles for use in class.

E it is.

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09 Mar 2005, 23:37
claudine2005 wrote:
This is akward, I couldn't figure out even with the answer - if someone gets it, please explain:

Magazine publishers claim that illegal photocopying of articles from their magazines costs them vast amounts of revenue every year. But most people who photocopy magazine articles are teachers using them in class. Given the economics of education, these teachers could not procure an original copy of the magazine for each student.

Which of the following is most propably the point towards which the author of the above passage is moving?

(A) Magazine publishers should provide free copies of their magazines to schools.

(B) Preventing illegal photocopying would have no effect on magazine sales.

(C) Teachers should be prevented from photocopying magazine articles for their students.

(D) Eliminating illegal photocopying would prevent the magazine's publishers' loss of revenue.

(E) Illegal photocopying does not depress magazine sales as significantly as publishers believe.

E.

Argument said that the illegal copy by teachers depress the magazine publishers' sales.

But the aughor said that the illegal copy by teachers in fact is not the major factor. The key point is that students' illegal copy makes magazine publishers' sales dismal.

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10 Mar 2005, 10:05
i think it is A), because the author mentions "the econmics of education" and that teachers could not "procure"...

E) when the teacher buys one copy and makes photocopies for his class, it will indeed affect the sales teacher, because otherwise the class would have bought the copy. how many teachers are worldwide ? one teacher teaches at most three classes ! one class with 30 students...that makes a lot of lost revenue.

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10 Mar 2005, 12:23
Ok I agree this argument is silly. Especially because the author didn't specify if the photocopying by teachers are considered as "illegal photocopying". (Perhaps he didn't want to imply that the teachers are engaged in anything illegal, but that is out of the point.) Now let's assume that this is what he meant (at the risk of being criticised by baner for adding assumptions ) because otherwise his argument would fall all apart.

Let's see:
Publisheres believe they suffer great loss due to illegal copying
Most copying are done by teachers who give each student an illegal copy
The teachers have to do so because the schools are poor

Which of the following is most propably the point towards which the author of the above passage is moving?
(In my opinion he could move toward any point, the way he goes.)

(A) Magazine publishers should provide free copies of their magazines to schools.
Sounds a little outrageous. But he may very well arrive this point: Give it to them for free if you don't want them to do it illegally. However this does not say anything about whether the publishers have lost revenue, and would make the first sentence irrelevent. Assuming that this guy is not totally out of loop, let's see if there's anything better than this that he has to offer.

(B) Preventing illegal photocopying would have no effect on magazine sales.
If illegal photocopying are prevented, then the poor teachers would not do the copying. But they are poor so they won't buy the magazines anyway, and thus no effect would be induced on the sales. The only problem with this one is the author only claimed that "most", not "all", photocopying are done by the poor teachers. So it is not very likely that he would claim "no" effect would be induced.

(C) Teachers should be prevented from photocopying magazine articles for their students.
The third sentence obviously shows that he was sympathetic toward the teachers so it is not very likely he wants to be so harsh toward the teachers?

(D) Eliminating illegal photocopying would prevent the magazine's publishers' loss of revenue.
See the first part of (B).

(E) Illegal photocopying does not depress magazine sales as significantly as publishers believe.
This is the most likely thing that he'll say. Not too extreme to both ends.

Ok seriously, the first sentence has determined that his conclusion should be something related to the publisher's revenue loss, so A and C are ruled out. B and D are too extreme to both end considering the fact provided and the way he described it ("most"). So E should be it, I say.

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10 Mar 2005, 16:08
Yes HongHu, OA is (E).

Maybe what the author meant was that the teachers wouldn't buy the magazines anyway?

I'm taking GMAT this saturday, hope everything will be fine!

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10 Mar 2005, 17:43
claudine2005 wrote:
I'm taking GMAT this saturday, hope everything will be fine!

Best of Luck claudine..

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11 Mar 2005, 00:48
Good luck Claudine, hope it's not too late to type this.

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11 Mar 2005, 01:02
claudine2005 wrote:
Yes HongHu, OA is (E).

Maybe what the author meant was that the teachers wouldn't buy the magazines anyway?

I'm taking GMAT this saturday, hope everything will be fine!

that is a plausible point. that the teachers and students wouldnt have bougth it and so we couldnt speak of lost revenue, because basically they are not the target group/consumer of the magazine. good luck !!!

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17 Feb 2013, 03:27
E it is . . Magazine publishers is highly exaggerating the data . . !!

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