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# The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it

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16 Apr 2017, 07:04
Conclusion of the argument is “actions(prosecute downloaders) of the recording industry will have a minimal impact on the number of people who illegally download music”

We need to find out answer to which of the questions will help us evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion.

(C) Let say “Yes. Many individuals who illegally download will share the files”. Does this helps the argument. It is just mentioned that industry will prosecute downloaders. Not all the people who have the files”.So still we cannot say whether impact will be more. two groups: direct downloaders and indirect downloaders (who don’t directly

remaining 40, then definitely this action would have more than “minimal impact”. Hence this answer choice is correct.
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08 Aug 2017, 12:17
Merged topics. Please, search before posting questions!
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14 Sep 2017, 21:49
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.

=> lack of resources for RI
less number of criminal
so minimal impact

Pre-thinking
can be weakened if we can prove that even if number of criminal who are punished, it will have a major impact.

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?
I think it is repeating what premise is saying/ small no. of people are responsible. what minority has anything to do with this? Most important, it is not bridging the gap between Small no. ===> major impact.

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

I have one doubt here. If small no. of people are responsible and these people are the one who share music files with other Internet users, then acting on these people will have a major impact.
For instance, there are multiple torrent sites who shares pirated movies. if we can stop them through legislation, even though there no. is small, it will have a major impact.

then why no C?

(E) Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music? = correct

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02 Oct 2017, 05:52
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.

=> lack of resources for RI
less number of criminal
so minimal impact

Pre-thinking
can be weakened if we can prove that even if number of criminal who are punished, it will have a major impact.

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?
I think it is repeating what premise is saying/ small no. of people are responsible. what minority has anything to do with this? Most important, it is not bridging the gap between Small no. ===> major impact.

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

I have one doubt here. If small no. of people are responsible and these people are the one who share music files with other Internet users, then acting on these people will have a major impact.
For instance, there are multiple torrent sites who shares pirated movies. if we can stop them through legislation, even though there no. is small, it will have a major impact.

then why no C?

(E) Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music? = correct

The reason C is wrong, among other reasons, is because of the use of the word 'many'. If 'many' was replaced with 'most', you might have a case. Many just means some people, whereas most means the majority. This is a tricky difference that the GMAT likes to put into questions.

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07 Oct 2017, 10:07
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?

Question type: Evaluate-a-plan

We have to evaluate that the recording industry is fighting a loosing battle. 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.
Missing information: Action on more people --> the better impact on people .

(A) Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?
Where do these lawyers spend there majority of time is of no use to evaluate this plan.
(B) Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?
Knowing whether it was a small minority of individuals or not will not help us unless we know if the action was taken against them.
(C) Do many individuals who illegally download songs share their music files with other Internet users?
Eliminate. Out of focus.
(D) Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?
Eliminate. Out of focus, again.
(E) Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?
This option hinges on what we thought in missing information. If the threat of prosecution will alter the behavior of those who illegally download music then this may not be a loosing battle for the recording industry. on the other had if it doesn't then it strengthen the argument.

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