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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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29 Sep 2008, 11:26
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 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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29 Sep 2008, 12:33
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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29 Sep 2008, 13:23
Another B with the similar explanation as from icandy.
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29 Sep 2008, 13:30
I will go with E.
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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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29 Sep 2008, 15:55
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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29 Sep 2008, 18:23
I will go with E.
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29 Sep 2008, 18:32
Between C and E!

But E is more the yardstick to determine whether the conclusion is valid or not.
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29 Sep 2008, 20:14
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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29 Sep 2008, 20:23
leonidas 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?

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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30 Sep 2008, 01:41
icandy wrote:
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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30 Sep 2008, 10:44
I went with B. What a bummer.
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I too chose B when I answered this question on a practice exam, but I realized that it is wrong, because the argument is concerned about the number of PEOPLE illegally downloading people and not the number of illegal downloads. More of this explanation can be found here http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/the-recording-industry-is-fighting-a-losing-battle-t406.html.
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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
downloads, but somehow get the downloaded music from someone else). The premise talks about only direct downloader – the music industry doesn’t have the

remaining 40, then definitely this action would have more than “minimal impact”. Hence this answer choice is correct.
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