Music is a fundamental form of human communication. Different music speaks to different people, but we all desire some form of it. That desire, influenced and compounded by individual and social factors, coupled with the proliferation of new information communication technologies, increasingly leads to the practice of illegally downloading music. Some people, though, given the choice between music piracy and music purchase, still purchase music.
There is a lack of literature that examines the legal purchase of music as an ethical decision. Current literature focuses solely on the ethical implications of pirating music. This article serves as an introduction to the current ethical landscape of the music industry and music consumers, and argues that the decision to purchase music is an ethical one.
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