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

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17 Jun 2016, 22:01
I will go with B.

The question stem is, .....would best help evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion above?

The conclusion is obviously last lines of the stimulus which portrays that the number of individuals who will charged with crime is limited.....downloaded music. A negative tone.

So, what could make is positive?
It might be possible that a quite small minority of individuals publishing the illegal songs on internet are responsible. Here answer B comes.

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31 Jul 2016, 22:41

the actions of the recording industry will have a minimal impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

the actions of the recording industry will have a huge impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

• Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?

How lawyers are dedicating their time has no bearance to the issue in hand

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

Even if that is so, how do we conclude that the actions of the recording industry will have a solid impact on the number of people who illegally download music. We already know that the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is limited. how many songs they are downloading --> doesnt matter. what matter is scenrio outside of small minority --> if small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads is charged does it impact people outside of small minority, No.

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

same as B.

• Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?

We already know that the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited --> so identification is not the issue. issue is that --> it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the individuals.

• Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?

Yes --> huge impact
no---> no impact.

So if by minimum prosecution we can have a huge impact on others, we can scare them then yes the actions of the recording industry will have a huge impact on the number of people who illegally download music.
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04 Feb 2017, 22:52
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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. The correct answer must relate specifically to this issue and provide additional insight as to whether it seems reasonable.

(A) One premise of the argument states that the recording industry does not have the resources to prosecute all individuals who download music illegally, while a second premise states the number of people who will be charged with a crime is limited. These statements indicate that the legal resources of the recording industry are too limited to have a major impact on the overall number of people who engage in illegal downloading, no matter how these lawyers dedicate their time.

(B) If a small minority of individuals were responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads, the actions of the recording industry could have a significant impact on the number of downloaded songs. The conclusion of the argument, however, was about the number of people who download songs illegally; this number would remain unaffected.

(C) Whether songs are downloaded illegally and then shared with other Internet users is not relevant to the conclusion.

(D) Similar to answer choice A, this choice is limited by the premises of the argument. If new Internet security technology permits the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music, then the recording industry will know who is breaking the law. However, the lack of industry resources still restricts the industry’s ability to prosecute a large number of people, even if they are identified as individuals who illegally download music.

(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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08 Feb 2017, 15:22
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A. Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?
The actions of the lawyers of the music industry are irrelevant and does not explain the current situation.

B. Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?
The is a good option but the question talks about the leagal action not finding all of the people who are responsibel for the act.

C. Do many individuals who illegally download songs share their music files with other Internet users?
this infomation is out of scope and have a little impact on the argument that catching those who share music would reduce the offenders but it does not address the legal activity to prosecute those who are offenders.

D. Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?
the new internet security technology is out of scope and not disccussed in the above argument.

E. Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?
The important question is weather after some people are prosecute will the rest of the people who downlaod music illigally be demotivated to download music illegally.if they are demoralized then the law will succeed in reducing the number of people who download music.But if the behaviour of the offenders is not alterd then the sole purpose of leagal action would be defeated therfor the correct answer choice.
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16 Apr 2017, 06:04
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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14 Sep 2017, 20:49
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, 04:52
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, 09:07
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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