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the music industry’s losses

 
 
tintin
 
Reply Fri 5 Mar, 2010 09:29 am
Please see this English text...

the music industry’s losses are not nearly as large as they claim, because most people who acquire music through illegal file-sharing would not have bought the music if that were the only way to get it.

I find this part confusing ....would not have bought the music if that were the only way to get it..

why they are saying this ? .... I can't understand the overall meaning even.

 
CoastalRat
 
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Reply Fri 5 Mar, 2010 09:42 am
@tintin,
It is simply the excuse used by those who illegally download music to ease their consciences. They figure that it is ok to steal the music since they would not have bought the music anyway. In other words, if they could not steal it, they would not put it in their collection. Thus, the record companies would not see any extra revenue anyway, so what's the big deal if they illegally download it.

Bottom line, it is still stealing.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 5 Mar, 2010 10:11 am
@tintin,
By the way, if you tag your questions "ESL" and "English" you will get less confusing answers. Someone tagged this "politics" and it may not be clear to others that you are asking for basic reading comprehension help to learn a foreign language and not starting a political discussion that you can't follow.

tintin wrote:
I find this part confusing ....would not have bought the music if that were the only way to get it..


This is a unfulfilled hypothetical conditional statement (you don't need to know the term, I just use it in case your grammar books do) and the sentences can get confusing here because of how tenses are used so differently in such hypothetical conditional statements. For example, if you are talking about the future you use past, if you are talking about the past you use past perfect.

So here is the same statement, slightly rewritten for clarity, and in different tenses (just for illustrative purposes, the first one actually isn't an unfulfilled hypothetical anymore):

"If buying the music is the only way to get it, they will not buy it."

"If buying the music were the only way to get it, they would not have bought it."

If you want more detail about this structure, look here:

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/conditional.htm
tintin
 
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Reply Fri 5 Mar, 2010 10:17 am
beautifully explained . That was very much helpful . I understand the concept now
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JTT
 
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Reply Fri 5 Mar, 2010 02:44 pm
@Robert Gentel,
That link is a terrible one to send anyone to, Robert. It is replete with errors.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 5 Mar, 2010 02:46 pm
@JTT,
I didn't fully peruse it so I'll take your word for it.
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