The Makers of this Site
Strengths: Webpage Layout and Design, Good with Facts, Love of Music
Original Stance on Music Piracy: Death of the Industry
The Goal of this Site
After our own private debates concerning music piracy, we realized that, to our surprise, there were many different stances on this issue, with both sides firmly believing in their own respective stance. Music piracy is something that effects the entire world record industry, is widely practiced, and is the basis of recurring lawsuits worldwide. However, despite its constant presence in everyday news, most people only know the negative effects of music piracy, while not realizing the possible positive effects it can have on the music industry. This site was at first intended for us to show people our conflicting ideas to this major issue, giving people enough information to make their own decisions, instead of getting into heated debates among ourselves.
However, while researching both sides of the issue, both of us were amazed at the evidence pointing toward the positives of music piracy, and the past lawsuits against similiar institutions. We discovered that this situation was not without precedent. We found ample evidence to sway Andy's from his original stance, as the evidence we collected strongly pointed toward music piracy as a positive. Even Simon was shocked at the evidence that was collected. We were astounded over the amount of important information that most citizens don't know about. And as a result, we found our site changing with our ideas. We split up the work for our group, with Andy taking the historical developments section (due to his good handling of facts), and with Simon taking up the Effects on the Music Industry Section (the section that required more anaylsis). We also started putting more emphasis on the positive effects of music piracy, while still trying to keep the Andy's core arguments of the negative effects of it in our website as well (which we found the RIAA excerpt to be a perfect representation of; a representation that is beyond our ability to even come close to recreating), to provide a foil to our research of the positive effects.
Making this Site
The layout was done on Microsoft Frontpage, using the Barcode Template. Using that template and his gift for design, Andy made a rough template for our site. All our text was put into his rough template. After all the text had been put into the rough template, Simon took the websites and did some final editing in Macromedia Dreamweaver, and used his knowledge of html scripts to greatly enhance this webpage, adding more streamlined links and improving upon the navigation links of the rough template, which did not work as intended. This perfect complement of simplicity, design, and sophistication led to the final product that you now see before you.
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