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Music theft hurts the music community!

While downloading one song may not feel that serious a crime, the accumulative impact of millions of songs downloaded illegally - and without any compensation to all the people who helped to create that song and bring it to fans - is devastating.  One credible study by the Institute for Policy Innovation pegs the harm at $12.5 billion dollars in losses to the U.S. economy as well as over 70,000 lost jobs and more than $2 billion in lost wages to American workers (see the study here). It's having a very real and harmful impact on countless singers, songwriters, musicians, album producers, audio engineers, sound technicians, recording studio managers, and many others that contribute to creating the music we love.

It's illegal!

The unauthorized reproduction and distribution of copyrighted music is JUST AS ILLEGAL AS SHOPLIFTING A CD. Sharing music on peer-to-peer networks like BitTorrent and Gnutella is against the law. The rules are very simple. Unless you own the copyright, it's not yours to distribute.

Authorized Services At Whymusicmatters.com

Today there are some 30 million songs available across more that 60 authorized digital music services in the United States, and growing. Please visit WhyMusicMatters.com to discover authorized services.

Sign Our Petition

Digital theft is killing the music business. It is destroying jobs, opportunities and careers. Songwriters, artists, musicians and vocalists, retailers, distributors, labels and publishers are all at risk, as is the unique culture of American music itself.  Please sign our petition urging Congress and the Administration to act now to deter online music theft.

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Video Tributes To Music's Value

Stealing Sucks PSA (feat. His Orchestra). The second PSA for the American Association of Independent Music (www.a2im.org).

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