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February 27, 2013

Student spreads the message of the threat of music piracy

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IPI is getting the message out that IP theft has real damages, as evidenced by the front page of the Ames High School newspaper which recently cited our 2007 report, “The True Cost of Sound Recording Piracy to the US Economy.”

In the report, Ames High School student Alex Qin also interviewed recording engineer Chad Jacobsen on the stark reality that illegal music downloading is a crime.

“When you take something that isn’t yours, and that thing has a cost, it is considered stealing,” said Jacobsen, a recording engineer at Iowa State University. 

“In an information based economy, our IP (Intellectual Property) is our product,” Jacobsen said. “The creation of IP is where our economy is heading. I feel that adequate compensation for that work is only fair.”

Read Qin’s article here.

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