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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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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?


IMO E

A close call between B & E. But when we talk specifically about conclusion, E makes more sense. Also identifying minority wont be helpful. Its prosecuting thats helpful.

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jatinrai wrote:
leonidas wrote:
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?


IMO E

A close call between C & E. But when we talk specifically about conclusion, E makes more sense. Also identifying minority wont be helpful. Its prosecuting thats helpful.


To me, it was between B & E. C was never in contention. I ended up choosing B, because if they can identify the small minority who are responsible, illegal download will stop. Thats where I went wrong and when I re read the conclusion its about people who illegally download and not who are responsible for such outlets. So E, in hind sight is a better answer.

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Another B with the similar explanation as from icandy.

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I will go with E.
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New post 29 Sep 2008, 15:50
definately E

The conclusion is that "the recording industry is fighting a losing battle". The premises include "not enough resources to prosecute" and "number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the recording industry will have a minimal impact "

so if "the threat of prosecution alters the behavior of those who illegally download music" then the resources are not needed and the recording industry needs no further action

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B for me. If only a limited no. of people downloads the songs, it is possible for the music industry to prosecute them and downloading would stop. E would have been a better answer if "fear of prosecution" was not written but "actual prosecution" was mentioned.

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I will go with E.

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Between C and E!

But E is more the yardstick to determine whether the conclusion is valid or not.

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leonidas wrote:
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?


I picked (B) which is incorrect according to MGMAT. OA is (E).
Here is my explanation:
On the exam day, I would have picked (B) because: If small minority of individuals are responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads and these individuals are charged, then the actions of the recording industry will have a significant impact on the number of people who illegally download music. This actually affectcs the accuracy of the conclusion which states 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.

Here is the official explanation from MGMAT:
(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.

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?


I picked (B) which is incorrect according to MGMAT. OA is (E).
Here is my explanation:
On the exam day, I would have picked (B) because: If small minority of individuals are responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads and these individuals are charged, then the actions of the recording industry will have a significant impact on the number of people who illegally download music. This actually affectcs the accuracy of the conclusion which states 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.

Here is the official explanation from MGMAT:
(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.


I agree that this Q is a little bit tricky. I guess the reason why MGMAT chose to drop B is because, we dont know whether the resources are enough to sue them (who knows) and also some other small group else might do it again, if they dont feel the threat. The point I guess is will it make a threat or not. Again, we can talk about both of them and to me B was correct to start with. B says majority of the illegal downloads can be attributed to a small group and suing them can definitely have a positive impact and reduce the illegal downloads.

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jatinrai wrote:
leonidas wrote:
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?


IMO E

A close call between C & E. But when we talk specifically about conclusion, E makes more sense. Also identifying minority wont be helpful. Its prosecuting thats helpful.


To me, it was between B & E. C was never in contention. I ended up choosing B, because if they can identify the small minority who are responsible, illegal download will stop. Thats where I went wrong and when I re read the conclusion its about people who illegally download and not who are responsible for such outlets. So E, in hind sight is a better answer.

Sorry even I meant between B & E. Edited

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I went with B. What a bummer.

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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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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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IMHO B

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is the OA (C)??

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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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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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