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Volume 71, Issue 48, Thursday, November 3, 2005


STOMP: stop illegal downloads

Cougar News Services

Students Together Opposing Music Piracy, a student organization created by an advertising applications class, will host an event today advocating legal music downloading.

"It's wrong to steal stuff that's not yours," advertising senior Scott Nguyen said. 

The organization held the first of two events this week at the University Center on Wednesday, telling students that "songlifting" not only hurts the record industry but artists as well.

"I, myself, am an aspiring musician, producer and artist, so when I think about people downloading music, I think about how much gas costs (and) how broke I am," media productions junior Anwar Mack said. 

STOMP's Team Coordinator Mou Kamal, an advertising senior, said downloading may help a new artist be heard, but it can backfire.

"It's a double-edged sword. The word gets out, but at the same time they're also taking their music for free and they rely on the earnings they get from the music sales for their living," she said.

The group will campaign from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in front of the UC Satellite to tell students about legal downloading programs, including Pressplay, Rhapsody and SoundClick.

Students who visit them can register to win an iPod Nano.

"We only give away the iPods after we give the knowledge," Mack said.

With additional reporting by Kristen Young

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